OAKLAND — A unit set up earlier this year to hold law enforcement and public officials accountable for the misconduct of the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office has filed criminal charges against a juvenile facility employee and two deputy sheriffs.
A police officer, Nicole Perales, 50, has been charged with lewd and lewd conduct toward a child and oral copulation with a minor. has been charged with falsifying records related to the suicide of an inmate at Santa Rita Prison, according to prosecutors.
They are among the first county employees to face criminal charges by the fledgling Public Accountability Office.
In a statement Friday, the District Attorney’s Office said Perales, a 20-year probation service veteran, was in custody of a 15-year-old victim who was under her supervision and care while in custody at the Juvenile Justice Center. said to have met Prosecutors said the charges were made between August 27, 2004 and August 26, 2005.
Perales faces up to three years and eight months in prison if convicted.
According to the District Attorney’s Office, Braumann and Varcamontes were supposed to conduct a visual inspection every 30 minutes on 32-year-old “special control inmate,” Vinetta Martin, but she He told prison officials three weeks before his death that he intended to kill himself. On April 3, 2021, Martin used a bedsheet to hang him.
According to prosecutors, investigators “did not check on Martin for long periods of time, sometimes as long as 1 hour and 47 minutes,” to make it appear as if they were following protocol, according to video evidence. It is said that he tampered with the diary.
According to the district attorney’s office, Martin has been in custody since July 5, 2020, when he was arrested on assault charges. Later that month, a court suspended her criminal proceedings, declaring that it doubted her ability to stand trial. At the time of her death, she was still awaiting testing and transportation to a state hospital.
District Attorney Pamela Price founded the PAU in January. His statement said his mission was to restore public confidence by holding law enforcement and public officials accountable for wrongdoing. The division, which is part of the Office of Civil Rights, also handles Brady compliance and racial justice law litigation.
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