San Mateo County deputy charged with inmate assaults

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A sheriff’s deputy has been accused of multiple inmate assaults at the Maguire Correctional Facility in Redwood City, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.

About six months ago, the sheriff’s office received a complaint from a former inmate accusing 42-year-old deputy Black Lycett of assaulting him. After the inmate described the attacker, an internal review identified Lycett as potentially responsible, the sheriff’s office said.

The San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office took over the case while the sheriff’s office continued its internal investigation. The internal investigation uncovered two more incidents of “potential assaultive conduct involving Deputy Lycett,” both of which also allegedly took place at the Maguire Correctional Facility, the sheriff’s office said.

Lycett, who has served as deputy sheriff for the last six years, was placed on administrative leave pending the completion of a criminal and administrative investigation, the sheriff’s office said.

“This is not conduct we condone or believe represents the dedicated personnel here at the Sheriff’s Office”, San Mateo County Sheriff Carlos Bolanos said in a statement. “We take these allegations very seriously and want to thank everyone who came forward.”