A Los Angeles County sheriff's lieutenant was among the nearly two dozen people arrested during a prostitution sting in Moreno Valley in Riverside County, a sheriff's spokesman said today.
Michael Strickland, 49, is a lieutenant at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Industry Station. He lives in Eastvale, which is in Riverside County.
"He was relieved of duty with pay as of last Thursday and he's been assigned to his home and stripped of all law enforcement powers," Los Angeles County sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said.
Riverside County sheriff's deputies conducted the sting Thursday in the 23000 block of Sunnymead Boulevard in Moreno Valley in response to complaints about people loitering and possibly engaging in prostitution or drug activity, Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Aaron Kent said.
The majority of those arrested were cited and released. But four men were booked into jail on suspicion of possessing marijuana for sale and prostitution, Kent said.
Whitmore said Strickland was not suspected of marijuana possession.
--City News Service