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San Fernando police chief being investigated over alleged affair with cadet

February 14, 2011 |  2:15 pm

San Fernando Police Chief Anthony Ruelas was on administrative leave Monday as the city looked into allegations that a former cadet was terminated to silence her affair with the top cop.

Former cadet Maria Barajas, 22, made the allegations in a letter sent last month to the City Council, Interim City Manager Al Hernandez said.

The letter alleges that Ruelas started an affair with Barajas in 2009 when he was a lieutenant. Barajas alleges she was pressured to resign a few months later as Ruelas began campaiging for the top job.

When Barajas refused, she alleged she was terminated anyway in connection with a car accident involving herself and two other cadets.

Ruelas, 48, is a married father of three. He was placed on admininstrative leave Thursday while the city looks into the former cadet's allegations, Hernandez said.

The letter includes other details of the alleged affair, he said, adding that Barajas doesn't have a lawyer. City Hall had buzzed with rumors of an affair, the interim administrator said, but "nothing had come forth on it until now."

Lt. Robert Jacobs is in charge of the police force during Ruelas' absence, Hernandez said.

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