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Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca is expected to resign Tuesday, one month after 18 deputies were arrested as part of a federal investigation into allegations of civil rights abuses and corruption in the county's jail system.

KTTV reported late Monday that Baca had told county officials and senior staff of his intention to resign. The 71-year-old has served as Sheriff since 1998 and was up for re-election later this year.

The department is the largest sheriff's department, and fourth-largest local police agency, in the country, behind only the police departments of New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Baca oversaw a department of 9,000 sworn deputies.

The FBI has been investigating allegations of excessive force and other misconduct at the county's jails since at least 2011. Four of the grand jury indictments and a criminal complaint unsealed last month allege unjustified beatings of jail inmates and visitors at downtown Los Angeles jail facilities, unjustified detentions and a conspiracy to obstruct a federal investigation into misconduct at the Men's Central Jail.

Another indictment unsealed in November named seven deputies, including two lieutenants charged with conspiracy and obstruction of justice.

All seven are accused of trying to prevent the FBI from contacting or interviewing an inmate who was helping federal agents in a corruption and civil rights probe. One of the investigations involved trying to see if a deputy would accept a bribe to provide the inmate with a cell phone, according to court documents.

The indictment alleges the inmate was moved to hide him and false entries were made in the sheriff's databases to make it appear as if he had been released.

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