By Greg Cappis, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/22/14, 8:46 PM PDT |

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> Four sheriff’s deputies who work at West Valley Detention Center have been placed on paid leave as part of an internal investigation into potential mistreatment of inmates at the county jail, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

The latest action is part of a continuing investigation that began in March when allegations of civil rights violations arose. Shortly after the claims surfaced, three rookie deputies were fired.

The FBI launched a criminal investigation in March, simultaneous with the Sheriff’s Department’s administrative probe. Both investigations are ongoing and no potential dates of completion have been announced.

On Wednesday, sheriff’s officials did not release the names of the four deputies placed on administrative leave this week, citing personnel investigations law.

In an email, sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindy Bachman declined to answer questions regarding the update in the case, including the rank and experience levels of the deputies who were placed on leave.

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