L.A. County Sheriff Candidate Paul Tanaka is Subject of Federal Probe

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The former undersheriff and a current captain of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department are subjects in an ongoing federal grand jury investigation into excessive force and corruption in the county’s jails, a federal prosecutor said Monday.


Paul Tanaka, the former second-in-command to Sheriff Lee Baca, took the stand Monday in the trial of a deputy charged in a jail probe. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

The revelations about Paul Tanaka, formerly the department’s second-in-command and a candidate for sheriff, and Capt. William “Tom” Carey came at the trial of Deputy James Sexton, who is the first of the more than 20 charged thus far in the jails probe to stand trial. Tanaka and Carey were both called to the witness stand by an attorney representing Sexton.