Support for LAist comes from
Made of L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.

This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.


Coroner's Office Lieutenant Charged With Sexually Battering Coworker

Our June member drive is live: protect this resource!
Right now, we need your help during our short June member drive to keep the local news you read here every day going. This has been a challenging year, but with your help, we can get one step closer to closing our budget gap. Today, put a dollar value on the trustworthy reporting you rely on all year long. We can't hold those in power accountable and uplift voices from the community without your partnership.

An L.A. County Coroner's Office lieutenant has been arrested and charged with repeatedly sexually harassing a female investigator. Lt. Ryan Hays, 46, has been charged with nine total misdemeanor counts, which include indecent exposure, lewd conduct in public and sexual battery, the L.A. Times reports. He was arrested after turning himself in yesterday.

Hays' coworker alleges that between January 4 and April 3 of last year, Hays harassed her several times. She said he groped her, exposed himself to her and sent her obscene videos of himself. Hays, who is married and lives in Brea, had been with the Coroner's Office since 2006.

Assistant Chief Ed Winter said that Hays had been placed on administrative assignment at home with pay after the allegations came out, but in light of the charges, is now on leave without pay, ABC 7 reports.

An anonymous source from the coroner's office told KTLA that this type of behavior had allegedly gone on for years, and that officials had previously ignored complaints about Hays.

Most Read