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Investigation: LA County's reported employee sexual misconduct includes 134 cases, $36M in payouts

A KPCC/LAist investigation found Los Angeles County paid out over $36 million to resolve sexual misconduct claims from July 2004 and June 2017.
A KPCC/LAist investigation found Los Angeles County paid out over $36 million to resolve sexual misconduct claims from July 2004 and June 2017.
Michael Hogue for KPCC

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The grim, graphic details are public, but sit silently in case files across Los Angeles County. Some lay out heartbreaking accounts of sexual misconduct by county employees, from verbal abuse to physical assault, including rape.

Few of the allegations have been written about before in news stories.

In response to a KPCC/LAist records request, county officials searched employment, general liability, medical malpractice and law enforcement legal filings to identify cases tied to sexual misconduct allegations. They identified 134 cases that ended with settlements or judgments.

In all, the county paid out more than $36.3 million — including $13.7 million in attorneys' fees — to resolve these misconduct claims between July 2004 and June 2017.

The cases of abusive behavior include allegations of misconduct by county employees against colleagues, contractors and members of the public.

Among the findings:

Read the full story at LAist.com.