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Seal Beach detention center officer accused of accepting bribes

December 28, 2011 |  4:33 pm

Jose Alday booking photo

A Seal Beach detention center officer pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of accepting an iPad, money and other items in exchange for allowing an inmate to receive contraband and prohibited visitor contact.

Jose Alday, 32, of Santa Ana is accused of allowing alcohol and other banned substances to be brought into jail for the inmate when Alday was working alone during the latter half of 2011, according to a statement from the Orange County district attorney’s office.

He is charged with two felony counts and a misdemeanor. If convicted, Alday faces a maximum of five years in prison.

Alday has worked as non-sworn detention center officer at the Seal Beach city jail for about four years. His pretrial date is set for Jan. 4, said Farrah Emami, a spokeswoman for the Orange County district attorney.  

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