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L.A. County sheriff's deputy accused of having sex with teenager

May 6, 2011 |  3:36 pm

A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy has been arrested and charged with engaging in sex acts with a teenage relative, a district attorney’s office spokeswoman said Friday.

Orlando Denison, 34, was arrested Thursday by Long Beach police and pleaded not guilty Friday afternoon, spokeswoman Shiara Dávila-Morales said. Denison is charged with two felony counts of oral copulation of a person under 18 involving a 16-year-old girl in July 2010,  Dávila-Morales said.

 Superior Court Judge James D. Otto set Denison’s bail at $50,000, Dávila-Morales said. The charges carry a maximum sentence of three years and eight months in prison.

Sheriff’s Department spokesman Steve Whitmore said Denison joined the department in April 2007 and worked at the Pitchess Detention Center’s south facility in Castaic. The department has begun the process of relieving Denison without pay, he said.

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