A decorated Placer County sheriff’s deputy has been arrested on suspicion of having sex with a teen who was volunteering at his department, according to authorities.
Deputy Ken Skogen, a seven-year veteran most recently assigned to patrol, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of four felony counts, including unlawful sex with a minor and oral copulation with a minor, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Skogen, 35, is suspected of having a sexual relationship in 2011 with a 17-year-old girl who was a volunteer at the time with the Placer County Sheriff’s Office.
The investigation that led to Skogen’s arrest began after another deputy alleged to sheriff’s officials that Skogen had been involved in an inappropriate relationship with the victim, prosecutors said.
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Because the deputies and the teen worked at the same place, the Sheriff’s Office asked the District Attorney’s Office to investigate the allegations. That investigation led to the charges against Skogen.
Following his arrest, he posted his $10,000 bail and was released from custody. He is scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 4.
Efforts by The Sacramento Bee to reach Skogen and his family have been unsuccessful.
In 2010, Skogen was among 10 California peace officers who were awarded the Medal of Valor, law enforcement’s highest award for heroism, for acts ranging from pulling motorists out of burning vehicles to rescuing a judge who had been stabbed.
Skogen was honored for carrying an elderly woman from her burning home during Placer County’s 49 fire in 2009. He then collapsed from smoke inhalation – before continuing his shift until midnight, and returning to work at 6 a.m. the following day, according to a Sacramento Bee story at the time. As then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger toured the devastation after the fire, he lauded Skogen as a hero.
The medal, given later by Schwarzenegger, came five months after tragedy in the Skogen family. The deputy’s 3-year-old daughter Kalli died after she accidentally shot herself with one of his guns in the family’s Roseville garage. Placer County district attorney’s officials later announced that investigators had found no evidence of gross negligence in how Skogen stored firearms in the home, and said the deputy would not face charges his daughter’s death.
Prosecutors said Skogen was not a threat to society and that there was “no punishment that a court could ever impose against him that would equal the loss of his daughter.”
Hundreds of people gathered to mourn the little girl, whose death devastated the family, the Sheriff’s Office and many in the local law enforcement community.