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Placer sheriff’s deputy pleads guilty to sex with minor

A former Placer County sheriff’s deputy has pleaded guilty to one felony count of unlawful sex with a minor.

In a plea agreement reached Wednesday with the Placer County District Attorney’s Office, Kenneth Skogen, will be placed on three years formal probation and must serve 150 days in jail and attend counseling, according to a District Attorney’s Office news release. He will be eligible to apply for alternative sentencing.

Skogen also will be prohibited from being in the presence of minors without their parent or guardian present.

Skogen, who was a seven-year veteran most recently assigned to patrol, was arrested in July. He was accused 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. He resigned from the agency several months ago.

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. 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, and that investigation led to the charges against Skogen.

The case has been referred to the Placer County Probation Office for preparation of a formal probation report. Skogen’s formal sentencing in scheduled for Jan. 7 in Placer County Superior Court.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.