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.
Skogen faces four felony charges, including having sex with a 17-year-old girl, sometime between 2010 and 2011. His lawyer spoke on his behalf in the courtroom, stating his not guilty plea, and intent to waive time.
After his arrest in July, 2014, Skogen quickly posted his $100,000 bail.
Skogen is represented by Michael Rains out of Contra Costa County, an attorney specializing in defending peace officers.
“The stance is he has not committed the crime or crimes that he is charged with,” Rains said.
Most people may remember Kenneth Skogen as the “Hero Deputy” who saved a woman from a burning home in the 49 Fire in 2007. Then, in 2010, he became a victim of a tragedy when his 4-year-old daughter accidentally shot and killed herself with his personal gun.
Now, court documents allege Skogen was in a sexual relationship with a then-17 year-old girl, who was an “Explorer Scout” with the Sheriff’s Department. Placer County’s Explorer Scouts program is youth volunteer group made up of youth interested in the field of law enforcement.
“He [Skogen] was an Explorer adviser, and that’s where they first met,” Rains said.
Rains said Skogen has not been in contact with the alleged victim since 2011. He also said Skogen was on modified duty until last week. He was then switched to paid administrative leave, pending a formal internal investigation. Until that is complete, he said there are many unknowns.
“There are aspects of this case that the public does not know,” Rains said. “And perhaps the people don’t know. But we’ll wait. I want to see what the investigation has shown. What the alleged victim has said, and what others may have said as well.”
Skogen will appear again in court for a pre-trial conference on Aug. 27.