Baca retires as LA County sheriff
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Lee Baca is no longer sheriff of Los Angeles County.
Baca left office at noon Thursday, just weeks after announcing his retirement amid allegations of widespread abuse of jail inmates and misconduct by custody deputies. Baca was first elected sheriff in 1998.
His temporary replacement, John Scott, is scheduled to be sworn in at 2 p.m.
Scott, the former undersheriff in Orange County, has 36 years of law enforcement experience. Before joining Orange County, Scott was head of custody operations for Los Angeles County.
Voters will elect a new sheriff later this year, but Scott will serve until the new term starts Dec. 1.
Last year, a federal jury found Baca personally liable in a lawsuit brought by an inmate who said he was severely beaten.