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Metro Digest

Local News in Brief : Police Officer Sues City

January 26, 1988

A Los Angeles police officer relieved of duty after an Internal Affairs investigation filed a $10-million lawsuit Monday against the city alleging that police had a civilian conduct an illegal search of her West Hills home.

Kathleen Oborn, 31, a four-year veteran assigned to the vice unit at Parker Center, was relieved of duty without pay Nov. 5 for alleged misconduct, including committing oral sex with a minor, police said.

Oborn's federal court suit alleges that Internal Affairs officers got Allyson Di Conti, a civilian, to search Oborn's residence while visiting on March 27, 1987. According to the suit, Di Conti, who had formerly rented a room in Oborn's home, took tape recordings of messages from the minor, a foreign exchange student who had returned to Germany, and that they were turned over to investigators who had no warrant or probable cause for a search.

Stephen Yagman, Oborn's attorney, said the officer and the student, now 19, were married last June and that the officer did not have sex with him when he was a minor. A police spokesman, however, said the misconduct took place before the marriage.

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