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Man sues deputy for affair with wife

June 16, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
It sounds like a soap opera. But a tearful Rosemead man says it's very real. He's suing a Los Angeles County Sheriff's detective, claiming the officer had him arrested to protect a love affair with his wife.That man says he hasn't seen or spoken to his children in over a year, all because his wife had him falsely accused and arrested. He says his wife was having an affair with the detective that put him behind bars.

Fighting back tears, Alberto Gutierrez is still is in disbelief at how for years the woman he married tried to keep him from their children.

"And every time I tried to defend myself, I was accused of being in denial, that I needed help, I needed therapy," said Gutierrez.

Gutierrez claims his wife, Mayela Gutierrez, was in an intimate and sexual relationship with sheriff's detective Phillip Solano.

In a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday, Gutierrez claims his wife and detective Solano conspired to use the power of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department to falsely arrest and charge him with stalking and sexually abusing his three daughters so she could get custody in their divorce.

"She admitted on the stand that it was Detective Solano that has been pursuing her the whole time to be more than friends," said Gutierrez.

Gutierrez says he learned of his wife's affair on Solano's Facebook page, where the two would post love notes.

"The last communication they had was Detective Solano indicating that, or sending a message that, 'I miss you,'" said Arnoldo Casillas, Gutierrez's attorney.

Gutierrez has also named the L.A. County Sheriff's Department in his lawsuit for being well-aware of the conspiracy.

He says Solano even bragged about his conquests to co-workers at the City of Industry substation.

"The best place for this to come out is in the legal arena and we certainly look forward to telling the whole story," said L.A. County Sheriff's Spokesman Steve Whitmore. "As I said, the whole story is not being told now."

Gutierrez says he is seeking compensation, but more importantly, he wants custody of his daughters.

"There's not a day that passes that I don't think about them and miss them. Everything I do is for them," said Gutierrez.

Gutierrez has been acquitted of all the charges that were brought against him.

Sheriff's officials said they are conducting their own internal investigation into this case.

The accused detective has been reassigned to administrative duties.


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