O.C. jailer who took iPad, other bribes gets 2 years in prison
A jailer at Seal Beach City Jail was sentenced to prison Tuesday for taking bribes that included cash and an iPad in exchange for allowing visitors into the jail to spend time with an inmate without being searched, Orange County prosecutors said.
Jose Alday, 33, of Santa Ana was sentenced to two years in state prison and ordered to pay $3,000 in restitution after he pleaded guilty to a felony count of receiving bribes, a felony count of possession for sale of a controlled substance and a misdemeanor count of possession of controlled substance paraphernalia, prosecutors said.
With the conviction, prosecutors said he is barred from holding public office or employment, including in law enforcement, in California.
Prosecutors said that from July 2011 through December 2011, Alday accepted bribes to allow banned items -- including alcohol -- into the jail.
In exchange, Alday received a cellphone, two leather jackets, an iPad and money. The bribes were given to him by the inmate's visitors, the Orange County district attorney's office said.
Alday, who was arrested on Christmas Day in 2011 while at work, was in possession of anabolic steroids, and investigators found a used methamphetamine pipe during a search of his home, prosecutors said.
-- Rick Rojas
Photo: The city jail in Seal Beach in 1995. Credit: Los Angeles Times.