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Officer has prior sex conviction

October 20, 2009|Andrew Blankstein

An El Monte police sergeant named in a sexual harassment suit by a colleague had a previous conviction for soliciting a prostitute, authorities said Monday.

Albert Tromp, 52, was arrested in 1997 by Bell Gardens police for misdemeanor solicitation of a prostitute. He pleaded no contest and was sentenced to five days in jail and one year's summary probation, according to Jane Robison, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.

The details emerged as El Monte Police Chief Tom Armstrong said Tromp received unspecified discipline last week related to a yearlong investigation.

Officer Mechelle Marin, who said she was sexually harassed by Tromp and other colleagues, filed a civil lawsuit against the police department last week. The suit alleges that officials looked the other way when she was harassed and intimidated by Tromp and others.

-- Andrew Blankstein

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