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By Lookout Staff

November 1, 2016 -- A Santa Monica police officer has been found guilty of misdemeanor petty theft charges, according to a statement issued by the department this week.

Eduardo Parraga, 51, a 19-year veteran of the department, was arraigned at the Los Angeles County Airport Courthouse on October 20, police officials said.

Parraga pleaded "no contest" and was found guilty of the charges filed by the judge presiding in the matter, said Lt. Saul Rodriguez, the Police Deppartmnt spokesman.

Parraga remains on administrative leave, Rodriguez said.

"The Department understands the significance of upholding public trust and will remain committed to ensuring employees are held accountable for actions that are contrary to the community's interest and mission of the Santa Monica Police Department," Police officials said in a statement.

Parraga was placed on administrative leave after the Department became aware of the incident, which "occurred in an official capacity" in June 2016, officials said.

After a "thorough" criminal investigation, the case was presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office Public Integrity Division, officials said.

After the DA reviewed the case, it was ultimately referred to the City Attorney's Office.

"An independent administrative investigation has been proceeding from the inception," Rodruiguez said.

"Parraga will remain on administrative leave throughout the administrative process," he said.

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