A decorated Placer County sheriff's deputy has been arrested over allegations he had sex with a minor -- the third arrest involving adult men and minors in the county in a little more than a week.
Officials say Deputy Ken Skogen was arrested Thursday on suspicion of unlawful sex with a minor and other charges. He is accused of having a sexual relationship in 2011 with a 17-year-old who was a volunteer at the time with the sheriff’s office.
In announcing the arrest, the Placer County District Attorney's Office said in a release that Skogen had been under investigation after the sheriff’s office received information from another deputy that Skogen had been involved in an “inappropriate relationship” with the teen. Authorities did not say if the alleged victim was a male or female.
The arrest and the accompanying disgrace is a dramatic turn of events for Skogen, who is a recipient of the Medal of Valor -- the highest honor given to California public servants for acts of heroism.
Skogen was honored with the award in 2010 for saving the life of an elderly woman trapped in a burning home. Officials said at the time that he rescued the woman by kicking in the door of the ‘fully engulfed” home and carrying her to safety.
Meanwhile, word of Skogen’s arrest comes on the same week that authorities arrested an Auburn man in the parking lot of the county jail. In that case -- according to investigators -- the man thought he was meeting a 13-year-old girl for a “sexual rendezvous.”
Placer County sheriff’s officials arrested 28-year-old Daniel Kirschner in the lot after they say he agreed and then showed up to meet the girl. In announcing the arrest, sheriff’s officials said in a release Thursday that Kirschner had placed an online ad seeking a girlfriend.
But instead of a potential girlfriend, sheriff’s detectives posing as the 13-year-old answered the ad. They say Kirschner continued to exchange emails with the detectives for a week, thinking he was communicating with a young girl. Sheriff’s officials say Kirschner continued to the exchange even though the “girl” wrote in emails that she was only 13.
When it was time for the rendezvous, detectives posing as the girl, told Kirschner to meet him at the jail using the ruse that her “mother” would be at the jail for her boyfriend’s court appearance.
“Kirschner didn’t hesitate to meet her there,” Dena Irwin, public information officer for the sheriff’s department, said in a release.
Irwin says as soon as Kirschner arrived, detectives arrested him and walked him into the jail.
Kirschner was booked on charges of communicating with a minor for purposes of committing a sexual act and attempted lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14. He was released early Wednesday after posting $100,000 bail.
Also, last week authorities arrested 48-year-old Timothy Nosal, a Sacramento-area man, after detectives say he drove nearly 30 minutes or so during his lunch break from his job as an environmental scientist in Rancho Cordova to meet what he thought was a 13-year-old girl in an Auburn park.
Nosal was charged with communicating with a minor with the intent to commit a sexual act and attempted lewd and lascivious acts with someone under the age of 14.