UPDATE, DEC. 28, 5:51 P.M.: Seal Beach city detention officer Jose
Alday pleaded not guilty at his arraignment today.
He has a pre-trial hearing scheduled Jan. 4.
ORIGINAL POST, DEC. 28, 1:46 P.M.: A Seal Beach city jailer has been charged
with accepting bribes, including an iPad and money, in exchange for
allowing an inmate prohibited contraband and visitor contacts.
And when 32-year-old detention officer Jose
Alday was busted at the jail, he allegedly had “a substantial amount
of anabolic steroids,” according to authorities, who report a search of
the suspect's Santa Ana home also produced a used methamphetamine pipe.
Alday, a non-sworn detention center officer for the past four years, accepted bribes from an inmate several times between July and Christmas Day, according to an arraignment statement from the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA).
Working in his official capacity, Alday is accused of allowing visitors to enter the jail without being searched, have unauthorized contact with the inmate and pass contraband that included alcohol to the inmate. In exchange, Alday allegedly received money, an
iPad, a cell phone, two leather jackets and other items brought to him by the unnamed inmate's visitors.
The Seal Beach Police Department received a tip this month that led to an investigation and these charges filed by the OCDA: one felony count of an officer
receiving bribes, one felony count of possession for sale of a
controlled substance, and one misdemeanor count of possession of
controlled substance paraphernalia.
Alday, who was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail and scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon in Westminster, faces a maximum
sentence of five years in state prison with a conviction.
If his presumed jailee benefactor is out by then, wonder if he'll visit Alday in the joint?
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