9/11/08

SEIU puts disgraced big on leave

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A Sacramento man arrested on suspicion of possessing child pornography who also held a leadership post with a union representing state workers will be at least temporarily replaced. Registered sex offender Jaime Feliciano, 49, was taken into custody at his south Natomas home Tuesday and remained Wednesday at Sacramento County Jail without bail.

Feliciano is set to appear in court on Thursday. He faces charges that include possession of child pornography. Authorities allegedly found thousands of child pornographic images on a computer belonging to Feliciano, who lives next door to a children's day care facility. Feliciano, a researcher at the state insurance department on Capitol Mall, has served as president of Service Employees International Union Local 1000 District Labor Council 784. He will be temporarily replaced by Mike Allen, the acting president.

"Everything that I've seen him do as a fellow union employee and a state worker -- very hard-working, very personable -- just seemed like a stand-up guy," Allen said.

State officials said they are working with law enforcement officials and are checking Feliciano's work computer to see if it contains any illegal images.

SEIU officials said they had no idea Feliciano had a criminal record and that no background check was done.

Probation officers went to Feliciano's home on Tuesday after receiving a tip from police in Reno.

Feliciano was convicted in 1993 of lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14.

KCRA 3 has learned that Feliciano got a job at the Employment Development Department in 1994, just after that conviction.

Court records show that Feliciano has a history of run-ins with the law, from a conviction for battery in 1991 to a dismissed charge of marijuana possession in 2006.

(kcra.com)

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