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FOCUS: ORANGE COUNTY COMMUNITY NEWS | NORTHWEST: SEAL
BEACH

D.A.'s Office Investigating Police Officer Who Quit

March 20, 1998|PHIL DAVIS

The Orange County district attorney's office is investigating a former Seal Beach police sergeant for acting outside his authority in Leisure World.

Deputy Dist. Atty. Guy Ormes declined to discuss specifics about the investigation, but he confirmed it centers on the activities of Sgt. Don Dye inside the gated community.

"Let's just say it involves residents of Leisure World. I'd like to just leave it at that," Ormes said. "We don't know exactly what we have until we get out there and start talking to people."

Dye, a veteran of more than a decade at the department, resigned suddenly March 10, Seal Beach Police Capt. Gary Maiten said. He would not say if Dye was the Seal Beach officer caught acting "outside the scope of his official duties" at a Leisure World home Feb. 23.

Responding to a complaint from a Leisure World woman, officers found one of their own had come into the retirement community pretending to be on official business. Maiten would not release the identity of the woman.

The officer was placed on administrative leave. A week later, Dye tendered his resignation, Maiten said. Dye could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

Maiten said police are prohibited by law from discussing the ongoing investigation.

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