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August 6, 2019 -- Lt. Richard Lewis, an 18-year veteran of the Santa Monica Police Department, is under criminal investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department, officials from both forces confirmed Tuesday.

Santa Monica Police spokeswoman Lt. Canddice Cobarrubias said that Lewis has been placed on paid administrative leave.

"Once the (criminal) investigation is complete, we will do an administrative investigation," Cobarrubias said.

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Neither department would comment on the nature of the probe.

Lewis worked his way up the SMPD ranks, starting as a police officer in 2001 before being promoted to robbery homicide detective two years later, according to his Linkedin profile.

He was promoted to sergeant in 2009, a post he held until 2013. As a sergeant, he supervised the collateral Crime Impact team and the Field Training Officer program.

Lewis also served as the department's public information officer and executive officer to the Chief of Police.

In 2013, Lewis was promoted to lieutenant, where his roles included serving as executive officer to the Deputy Chief, managing the administrative services section, according to his profile.

Since 2015, Lewis has managed several units, including robbery homicide and vice/narcotics.

Lewis began his law enforcement career in 1990 as an officer with Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Police Department.

He then worked as a police detective for the Arcadia Police Department from 1995 until joining SMPD in December 2001.

In 2017, Lewis received $353,222 in total pay and benefits, according to the latest figures posted by Transparent California, a public pay and pension database.

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