31 GRADY MACHNICK Los Angeles County Sheriff's sergeant
Machnick, who resides in Yorba Linda with his former elementary-school-principal wife, was the subject of national attention late last year when the couple was charged with misdemeanor child abuse for forcing their teenage son to sleep on the back porch on a dog mat when he didn't do his math homework, smearing dog feces inside his school backpack and other so-called "tough love" child-rearing tactics. A jury acquitted them. MITIGATING FACTOR: Orange County Register letter writers wanted to name Machnick Father of the Year. Seriously.