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San Fernando police chief accused of having affair with 19-year-old female cadet

December 07, 2011

The small town of San Fernando is grappling with two sex scandals at City Hall.

The city has been roiled by mayor's announcement that he was having an extramarital relationship with a councilwoman.

But months before that, a teenage police cadet filed a lawsuit claiming that she had been fired after having a months-long affair with the current police chief, including at least one tryst in his city car.

Police Chief Marco Anthony Ruelas spent much of the year on leave amid an investigation into an alleged affair with a 19-year-old police cadet in 2009 when Ruelas was a lieutenant. His contract expires in January.

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-- Jessica Garrison and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times

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