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Former O.C. sheriff's investigator faces trial for filing false reports

August 3, 2010 |  3:22 pm

A former Orange County sheriff’s investigator will be tried in court Wednesday for filing false reports and lying about contacting crime victims.

Janet Strong, 53, a 25-year veteran of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department assigned to Stanton, pleaded not guilty last year to six counts of filing false reports between 2007 and 2009.

Strong filed reports saying she had spoken to victims of robbery, theft and criminal threats and found no additional “avenues for further investigation” when she had never actually contacted them, prosecutors said.

The sheriff's department started investigating Strong after an audit showed she had included false information in some closed case reports.

Strong had a long career, first as an El Segundo firefighter and later as a patrol officer and detective in Stanton. The Stanton City Council named her deputy of the year in 1991 for her investigative work on gangs, assaults, burglaries and robberies.

She faces up to six years in jail if convicted.

-- Tony Barboza