Placer County ‘Hero’ Deputy Arrested, Accused of Inappropriate Relationship

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A Placer County Sheriff’s deputy, considered a hero of 2009’s 49 Fire, is under arrest for an alleged, inappropriate sexual relationship with a minor in 2011.

Deputy Kenneth Skogen, 35, was arrested after investigators with the Placer County District Attorney’s Office said he had sex with a 17-year-old girl who, at the time, was a volunteer at the Placer County Sheriff’s Department.

The investigation stemmed from a tip presented by another deputy several weeks ago. Now, Skogen faces four felonies, including unlawful sex with a minor.

FOX40 tried speaking with two women at the Skogen home. However, they did not comment on his arrest.

Skogen was called the “Hero Deputy” in 2009, when he rescued an elderly woman out of a burning home during the 49 Fire. He was then recognized by Governor Schwarzenegger.

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Ken Skogen
Courtesy: Placer County District Attorney’s Office

He also made headline in 2010, when his 4-year-old daughter accidentally shot and killed herself with his gun in the garage. Skogen was not charged with gross negligence, because the District Attorney did not believe he was a risk to society.

In April, 2014, Skogen helped catch two suspects in Antelope. He broke his hand during the pursuit of twin boys, Roman and Ruslan Glukhoy, who are accused of murder.

The Placer County Sheriff’s Department released a statement after the arrest:

Weeks ago, information was brought to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office concerning possible unlawful conduct by one of our deputies.  We are taking this allegation very seriously and immediately requested the Placer County District Attorney’s Office to conduct a criminal investigation.  The D.A.’s Office has and will continue to have the full cooperation of the Sheriff’s Office.  The deputy under investigation is now on paid administrative leave while both the criminal and internal investigations are conducted. 

They have now passed over all of Deputy Skogen’s investigations to the District Attorney’s Office.

Skogen’s  bail was set at $100,000, which was already posted.

His arraignment on his four charges is set for August 4th at the Placer County Superior Court.

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