Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Jonathan Tejada Paredes Charged With Assaulting Female Inmate At Century Regional Detention Facility In Lynwood
LYNWOOD, CALIFORNIA (December 4, 2023) – An LASD deputy identified as Jonathan Tejada Paredes has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a female inmate while he was on-duty.
The assaults reportedly took place at the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood. Jonathan Tejada Paredes was arrested on Wednesday after a 24-hour investigation.
He is currently being held at the Walnut Sheriff’s station on a $100,000 bail. An LASD officials said that they were first made aware of the allegations against Jonathan Tejada Paredes on Tuesday.
A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Los Angeles County Inmate Sexual Assaults
Sexual abuse among the inmate population in California remains alarmingly common. According to USA Today, “Sexual victimization of adult inmates is an ongoing problem in U.S. jails and prisons, with thousands of victims of inmate-on inmate abuse and staff-on-inmate abuse during 2016 through 2018, according to a special report by the U.S. Department of Justice released Tuesday.” Preventing sexual abuse in jails requires a multidisciplinary approach.
- Jails should ensure that inmates and correctional officers are properly supervised.
- Jails should thoroughly vet all of the law enforcement agents that watch inmates.
- Jail should have clear and comprehensive guidelines relating to sexual misconduct.
It is illegal for any correctional officer to have a sexual relationship with an inmate under California Penal Code 289.6 (a). This includes consensual relationships that would have been legal had they taken place outside of the prison system. The power dynamic between correctional officers and inmates is too great for any type of meaningful consent. When a jail fails to protect an inmate from sexual abuse, they can be held accountable through a constitutional claim. Victims of sexual abuse often suffer from a wide variety of injuries.
- Sexually transmitted infections
- Post traumatic stress disorder
The vast majority of abuse cases in prisons are highly preventable. They are much more likely to take place when officials turn a blind eye to reasonably suspected instances of abuse. By the time any correctional officer is arrested for sexual misconduct, there were often dozens of red flags that were missed. Any person that is sexually abused while in-custody may have legal recourse through a civil claim. An inmate sexual abuse lawyer can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating Sexual Abuse At The Century Regional Detention Facility In Lynwood
We at the Carrillo Law Firm, LLP extend our best wishes to all of the women who may have been harmed by the actions of Jonathan Tejada Paredes. It is our sincere hope that there is some accountability for what happened. There needs to be a thorough investigation into the possibility that there are additional victims.
Have you or someone that you care about been sexually abused by a correctional officer at the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood? Our team of sexual abuse attorneys are here to help you in any way that we can. We care deeply that inmates are aware of their rights and that jails are held accountable for abuse. Whether you just have legal questions or are thinking about hiring an attorney we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at 626-799-9375.