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Former LAUSD cop Stenroos convicted for lying about Valley shooting

Jeffrey Stenroos, a school police officer accused of making up a story about being shot by a gunman in Woodland Hills, appears in court in this undated photo.

September 12, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Los Angeles Unified School District Police Officer Jeffrey Stenroos was convicted Monday on four felonies and a misdemeanor.

Deputy District Attorney Paul Nunez said Judge Richard Kirschner found Jeff Stenroos guilty of insurance fraud, workers' compensation fraud, preparing false documentary evidence and planting false evidence, all felonies. He was also found guilty of one misdemeanor count of falsely reporting an emergency.

Stenroos was taken into custody in court. He was ordered to undergo a psychological examination.

Judge Kirschner has not ruled on count 1, preparing a false police report. The judge ordered both the prosecution and defense to file written briefs on whether the law states that preparing a false police report has to be written or given orally.

Stenroos is due back in court on December 14 for sentencing.

Stenroos is accused of lying about being shot near El Camino Real High School in the San Fernando Valley.

He allegedly told other officers he had been shot by a car-burglary suspect at El Camino High on January 19 while on patrol.

His false report resulted in a 10-hour area lockdown while more than 550 law enforcement officers conducted a manhunt for the non-existent shooting suspect through an eight-square-mile area in the Valley.

LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy released a statement Monday: "Mr. Stenroos is a disgrace to the Los Angeles School Police Department, and this District. Since he has been found guilty of five of six counts in a court of law, our legal team can proceed more quickly with the required processes needed to end the officer's employment."

City News Service contributed to this report.

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