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Kenneth Skogen, the Placer County Sheriff’s deputy accused of having a sexual relationship with a minor, pleaded not guilty Monday in Placer County Superior Court in Roseville.
Skogen faces four felony charges stemming from an arrest on July 11, 2014, including having sex with a 17-year-old girl in 2010 and 2011. Skogen quickly posted bail set at $100,000.
Skogen’s attorney, Michael Rains specializes in defending peace officers. Rains has said that Skogen has not committed the crimes he is being charged with.
People may remember from media reports during the Auburn 49er fire in 2009 when Skogen saved a woman in her 80’s from a burning home. Skogen was awarded the Police Medal Of Honor for that rescue.
Back in 2010 the officer and his wife became a victim of a tragedy when their 4-year-old daughter accidentally shot and killed herself with his personal gun at their home in Roseville.
Complaints were made to the Placer County Districts Attorney’s Office from a fellow officer that Skogen was having an appropriate relationship with the 17-year-old victim.
The alleged victim was a student in the “Explorer Scout” program with the Placer County Sheriff’s Department, which is a youth volunteer group made up of young people interested in the field of law enforcement.
Rains said on Monday that Skogen has not been in contact with the alleged victim since 2011. He also said that there are several aspects of the case that the public does not know about just yet.
Skogen was put on paid administrative leave back in May of 2014.
Skogen’s next court date is an August 27th for a pre-trial conference in Placer County Superior Court Roseville.