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DISTRACTION FREES INMATE DEPUTY VIEWING ADULT SITES LED TO PRISONER'S ESCAPE.



Byline: Patricia Farrell Aidem Staff Writer

VALENCIA - A sheriff's deputy was viewing porn on a hospital computer when an injured in·jure  
tr.v. in·jured, in·jur·ing, in·jures
1. To cause physical harm to; hurt.

2. To cause damage to; impair.

3.
 inmate INMATE. One who dwells in a part of another's house, the latter dwelling, at the same time, in the said house. Kitch. 45, b; Com. Dig. Justices of the Peace, B 85; 1 B. & Cr. 578; 8 E. C. L. R. 153; 2 Dowl. & Ry. 743; 8 B. & Cr. 71; 15 E. C. L. R. 154; 2 Man. & Ry. 227; 9 B. & Cr.  escaped his guard last year and fled into a Valencia neighborhood where he beat an elderly man, according to according to
prep.
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

3.
 an annual report issued this week by the county Office of Independent Review.

The deputy, who was not named, was fired following the October 2004 incident at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

The deputy told investigators that his charge, Samuel Alvarado, then 19, had gone to the bathroom in the hospital's emergency room, then shoved a walker toward him and fled. Asking for help from hospital personnel, he tried to follow Alvarado, the review quotes the deputy as telling investigators.

But Alvarado told a different story after he was recaptured, and hospital staffers backed his version, according to the independent review by OIR OIR Office of Institutional Research
OIR Online Insertion and Removal (Cisco)
OIR Office of Insurance Regulation
OIR Old Irish
OIR Office of Intramural Research
OIR Office of Information Resources
OIR Office of Instructional Resources
 Chief Attorney Michael Gennaco.

``He claimed that, upon leaving the bathroom, he observed that the deputy was preoccupied with a computer that was in the room,'' the report said. ``He took the opportunity to gather some of his own effects and slip out without the deputy even noticing. Then he fled out of the hospital through an alarmed door.''

Hospital staffers told sheriff's internal affairs Internal affairs may refer to:
  • Internal affairs of a sovereign state.
  • Internal affairs (law enforcement), a division of a law enforcement agency which investigates cases of lawbreaking by members of that agency
 investigators that they were alerted by the alarm and entered the room to find the deputy at the computer looking confused and unsure of what had happened, the report said.

A large-scale manhunt man·hunt  
n.
An organized, extensive search for a person, usually a fugitive criminal.


manhunt
Noun

an organized search, usually by police, for a wanted man or fugitive

Noun 1.
 ensued, and Alvarado was captured about an hour later, but not before he attacked a 68-year-old man in his backyard with a barbecue tool, leaving him with injuries to his face, head and arms, Santa Clarita Valley The Santa Clarita Valley is the valley of the Santa Clara River in Southern California. It stretches through Los Angeles County and Ventura County. Its main population center is the city of Santa Clarita. The valley was part of the 48,612-acre (19,672.  sheriff's officials said.

An investigation revealed that the deputy was negligent negligent adj., adv. careless in not fulfilling responsibility. (See: negligence)  in guarding Alvarado, a maximum-security inmate from the Pitchess Detection Center in Castaic who had been injured in a jail attack.

``Investigators subsequently performed an analysis of the computer's activity for the day and found that the timing and content of the activity suggested a distracted, preoccupied officer who was still logged on when the escape occurred in spite of his assertions to the contrary,'' according to the report.

The investigation further showed the deputy had been on computer sites with sexual content, prohibited by Sheriff's Department policy. A separate investigation found the same deputy had downloaded porn on his department computer.

The report also found that 20 inmates had escaped from the jails and courthouses from November 2004 through Sept. 30.

Patricia Farrell Aidem, (661) 257-5251

pat.aidem(at)dailynews.com
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