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New Acting Captain Appointed to Lost Hills/Malibu Station During Investigation

The captain of the sheriff's Malibu-Lost Hills station is under investigation for allegedly sexually harassing a subordinate, a claim that he denies.

A L.A. County sheriff's lieutenant has taken the helm of the Lost Hills/Malibu Sheriff's Station in the wake of an investigation into allegations that a captain sexually harassed a subordinate.

According to reports, a female deputy alleges that Capt. Joseph Stephen Jr., who is assigned to the Lost Hills/Malibu Station, retired Chief Ronnie Williams and recently-retired Capt. Anthony Ward coerced her into sexual relationships.

Both Stephen and Williams have denied the allegations made by the deputy, who is the daughter of a top aide to Sheriff Lee Baca.

Stephen told The L.A. Times that the woman's allegations were "absolutely, unequivocally" untrue.

The female deputy is on leave, without pay, because of unrelated felony vandalism and misdemeanor battery charges.

The newspaper reported that Stephen decided to resign, but a sheriff's spokesman refuted that claim as false.

"That's one of his options. He has not decided what to do," Steve Whitmore, spokesman for sheriff Lee Baca told City News Service. "He is still a captain of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department."

Lt. Matthew Squire confirmed Monday he was named as acting captain of the Lost Hills/Malibu Sheriff's Station on Jan. 10.

Squire came back to the Lost Hills/Malibu Station in November 2011. He had served as a deputy at the station from 1991 to 2000.

-City News Service contributed to this report.

robert January 15, 2013 at 11:40 AM
I know Captain Steven. He is a fine man. Outstanding Police Captain . He is a role model to both young and old. He would NEVER participate in any unlawful acts. He is one of tbe finest people I have even known. The truth will come out , and Captain Steven will receive accolades and apologies ... I am sickened that he would even be implicated in any wrong doings...
Lisa Kellogg January 16, 2013 at 12:46 AM
Joe Stephen is a wonderful man and dedicated sheriff's deputy. He has always gone above and beyond for our community. I don't believe there's even a shred of truth in the allegations. It's outrageous that this fine man's integrity is being questioned.
robert January 16, 2013 at 01:37 AM
Yes, absolutely agree ! I have witnessed his integrity, he has always been a man of great honor. The truth will play itself out . I am confident of that...
M. Hows January 21, 2013 at 04:04 PM
I too, agree. I met Captain Stephen several years ago when he first transferred to Lost Hills. He is fine man with strong values and I don't believe the allegations for a New York minute. The more that comes out about the accuser, the more it seems she's throwing allegations around to deflect attention from her own actions. She has felony vandalism and battery charges pending against her in San Bernardino county. She doesn't seem to have any credibility whatsoever and even less when accusing an honorable man like Captain Stephen.

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