Crime & Justice

Los Angeles sheriff's deputy accused of sexually assaulting 6 inmates

FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2017 file photo Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell announces the arrest of a deputy accused of sexually assaulting two female inmates during a news conference in downtown Los Angeles. Prosecutors say 31-year-old Giancarlo Scotti was charged Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, with six felony counts of sexual activity with a detainee.
FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2017 file photo Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell announces the arrest of a deputy accused of sexually assaulting two female inmates during a news conference in downtown Los Angeles. Prosecutors say 31-year-old Giancarlo Scotti was charged Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, with six felony counts of sexual activity with a detainee.
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A Los Angeles sheriff's deputy has been charged with sexually assaulting six inmates within six months.

Prosecutors say 31-year-old Giancarlo Scotti was charged Wednesday with six felony counts of sexual activity with a detainee.

He's accused of assaulting female inmates at the Century Regional Detention Facility between March and September 2017.

Scotti was arrested in September after authorities said he went into a cell with the two inmates and engaged in sex acts with them.

A third woman filed a federal civil rights lawsuit in November alleging he forced her to perform oral sex on him at least a month before his arrest.

Sheriff's department spokeswoman Nicole Nishida said Wednesday that Scotti remained on paid leave.

His attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.