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Former community college police chief charged with bribery, forgery, perjury by Riverside County D.A.

December 2, 2009 |  1:16 pm

The former police chief at a Riverside County community college was charged today with eight felonies and one misdemeanor, including bribery, forgery, perjury, embezzlement, destroying court records and concealing evidence.

Kevin Segawa, 39, police chief at Mt. San Jacinto Community College, was placed on paid administrative leave in July because of the investigation by the county district attorney's office, said Karin Marriott, spokeswoman for the college. 

John Hall, a spokesman for the district attorney's office, said he could not immediately release details of Segawa's case. Several former police officers with the department have sued, alleging corruption under Segawa's administration.

An interim police chief was hired to replace Segawa.

"We take this matter seriously and will take the appropriate action based on the law and District policy," Irma Ramos, vice president of human resources at the college, said in a statement.

The D.A.'s office filed nine charges, including one count of bribery, two counts of forgery, two counts of perjury, two counts of embezzlement by a public officer, one count of destroying court records and one count of destroying/concealing evidence.

-- Baxter Holmes