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Former Sheriff's Department Psychologist Convicted Of Sex Crimes Against Two Children
Former L.A. County Sheriff's Department psychologist Michael Dane Ward was convicted Friday of sexual assaults against two children. The children were under the age of 10 when the crimes occurred, and Ward faces a possible life sentence for his crime. He is set to be sentenced in October.
Ward was charged with the abuses in 2016. He was found guilty of "four counts of lewd act on a child, two counts of forcible lewd act on a child under 14, three counts of oral copulation of a child 10 years old or younger and one count of sodomy with a child under 10," according to the L.A. County District Attorney's office. The crimes occurred between 2013 and 2015. The victims, a boy and a girl, testified against Ward in the trial.
Ward's work at the Sheriff's Department involved training law enforcement officers, according to the L.A. Times, and his crimes were unrelated to his job. He was relieved of his duties with the Sheriff's Department during the investigation, according to KTLA.