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By Doug Saunders, The Sun
and Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/11/14, 7:18 PM PDT |

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> The FBI is investigating the alleged abuse of inmates at the West Valley Detention Center involving at least three San Bernardino County deputies no longer working for the Sheriff’s Department, officials said Friday.

Sheriff John McMahon ordered an administrative investigation after allegations surfaced March 5 by his ranking commanders about the possible abuse of inmates at the jail, according to a sheriff’s news release.

“I will not tolerate any misconduct by department personnel,” McMahon said in a statement. “These allegations are being taken very seriously and this department is determined to get answers.”

During its internal investigation, the Sheriff’s Department learned the FBI had received a similar tip about the alleged abuse.

Both agencies are cooperating with each other to ensure a comprehensive investigation, according to a sheriff’s news release.

As of Thursday, the three deputies assigned to the jail were no longer employed by the department. No other information was disclosed about them.

Sheriff’s Cpl. Randy Naquin said the FBI is conducting the criminal investigation.

The FBI is investigating possible civil rights violations of inmates at the jail in March, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said.

She said the case will ultimately be submitted to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles for consideration of criminal charges.

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