Sheriff’s Sergeant Pleads No Contest to Battery Charge

By City News Service

A Los Angeles County sheriff’s sergeant pleaded no contest Tuesday to misdemeanor battery and false imprisonment charges involving a female deputy.

Michael Spina, 37, was accused of restraining and groping his colleague, whose name was withheld, in July 2016 at the Twin Towers correctional facility, according to Frank Mateljan of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office.

Spina was immediately sentenced to 90 days in county jail or 30 days of community labor and three years on probation, and was ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation and participate in weekly counseling for at least a year, according to Mateljan.

Spina was also barred from engaging in any employment or business where he would work with female employees or customers in a one-on-one situation without supervision or other people present, according to Mateljan.

Three other counts against him, including two counts of sexual battery and one count of indecent exposure, were dismissed.

Spina is “currently on the department,” according to Nicole Nishida of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, who did not elaborate.

Spina’s attorney could not be reached for immediate comment on the plea or sentence.

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