|Agency||Orange County California Sheriff's Department|
|Dates of Service||Hired in 2004. Fired in 2019. Reinstated in 2021.|
|Last Known Status||Active|
2018 Mishandling of Evidence
In 2018, the Sheriff and District Attorney began investigating problems of deputies who were not booking evidence in a timely manner, and sometimes not at all.
In 2019, Torres was discovered to have discarded evidence, including a gram of methamphetamine, syringes, a replica gun, and a cellphone into an office trash can out of fear that he would be caught by the internal audit.
In December 2019, Torres was fired. The department said that he could no longer be trusted and the "OCSD could not tolerate the legal risks."
On December 3, 2021, an arbitrator found that Torres' behavior was "unjustified and egregious" but ruled that the termination was too severe of a punishment and that he must be rehired. The arbitrator cited cases where other offenders were not terminated. Torres will lose an estimated $480,000 in salary and benefits for the two years since his firing.
No criminal charges were filed against Torres.
- Tony Saavedra, OC sheriff ordered to reinstate deputy fired for discarding meth, syringes and other evidence, Orange County Register, 2021-12-07
- Randolph Michael Torres Deputy Sheriff Orange County, govSalaries