Malibu Sheriff's Captain Removed From Post
By Ivetta Babadjanian
Jan 14, 2013 - 1:32:42 PM
MALIBU—The captain of the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff's Station has been removed from his Malibu post due to allegations of sexual misconduct.
Captain Joseph Stephen. Photo courtesy of Lost Hills/Malibu Sheriff’s Station.
Captain Joseph Stephen is being investigated upon claims of sexual harassment made by a female deputy against him and two other officials, retired Chief Ronnie Williams and Captain Anthony Ward. Sources indicate the deputy who made the allegations has been a part of another internal misconduct investigation.
The deputy is the daughter of one of Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca's aides. The woman is on leave, without pay, due to her unrelated charges of felony vandalism and misdemeanor battery pending against her.
Stephen did not state whether or not he had a sexual relationship with the female deputy, however, he has denied the charges against him.
Officials did not state whether or not Stephen has been reassigned to another station, but have confirmed that Stephen remained active with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Despite claims, Stephen has not resigned from his position as of yet, although that will remain an option for him.
Lieutenant Mathew Squire has temporarily been put in charge of Malibu/Lost Hills while the station awaits a new captain. Squire worked at the Malibu/Lost Hills Station as a deputy through the 1990s and became a lieutenant in November 2011.
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