Mark Arner didn’t know what he was getting into. A veteran reporter for the San Diego Union-Tribune, he was working the police beat when an editor told him to check out a case at the county Civil Service Commission.
“It wasn’t something I covered normally,” he says. “We stumbled across it.”
The case involved a rape allegation against Antonio Lee Smith, a Sheriff’s deputy. Smith had been called out on an assault case. The suspect, a 37-year-old woman, was drunk. She later told authorities Smith forced her to have sex and that she was too drunk to stop him.