Orange County deputy charged with molesting girl while on duty
Howard Blume (LA Times)
December 2, 2010
Scott Cole, 41, of Hesperia, faces one felony count of sexual molestation, according to the Orange County district attorney’s office. If convicted, he faces up to three years in state prison.
On June 23, Cole responded to a report of jewelry stolen from a home in an unincorporated area near Tustin.
Prosecutors allege Cole first spoke with the girl’s mother and sister in the living room, then entered the girl’s bedroom and told her to take off some of her clothes. The deputy then returned to the living room for more conversation before re-entering the bedroom, closing the door and assaulting the girl, prosecutors said.
The girl disclosed the alleged molestation as soon as the deputy left the property, and the mother contacted authorities.
Cole’s Thursday arraignment in Santa Ana will continue on Friday. He has not yet entered a plea, said Susan Kang Schroeder, chief of staff for the Orange County district attorney’s office. Cole was released without bail over the prosecutor’s objections.
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