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Orange County deputy charged with molesting girl while on duty

An Orange County sheriff’s deputy was charged Thursday with molesting a girl while on duty.

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.

Investigators are urging parties with additional information about the case or other possible victims to contact supervising district attorney investigator Randy Litwin at (714) 347-8794.

“This is an act that happened on duty and was pretty bold, with the mother standing right outside the room,” Schroeder said. “Under those circumstances, it’s not likely that something like this only happened once in his career. We also understand that victims of an assault may fear a police officer on duty and have felt scared to come forward before.”

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I'm just wondering how LA Mom deduces that a rape occurred?

To protect and to rape?

Looks like this cop should have found a job with the TSA.

Sadly, this type of "misconduct" is nothing new for law enforcement. In fact it's FAR, far more prevalent then most people are aware of. Check out some of the countless horror stories at the only website tracking police abuse nationwide:
http://www.injusticeeverywhere.com/?p=1608

Worse yet is that law enforcement seems incapable of learning from their "mistakes". Despite the obvious need, there is still little to no changes in the hiring, screening and supervision of officers.

Hey MC, there is no such charge as sexual assault with a loaded weapon in California, and where in the story is there any mention of anything resembling witness tampering?? If the cop did it then he deserves what he gets, but stop sensationalizing.

Hey ergie, 17 may be technically be a juvenile, but it's not a "child".

um CommonSense - to clarify, there is a 10 year sentencing enhancement for felonies commited while in possesion of a firearm, witness tampering would be presumptive in any case where an officer or court official had unlawfull contact or influence on a witness, a "suspect" in a crime is also a witness in thier own defense. Also it is VERY normal for officers at a scene to separate people to take their statements so that they can be compared later.

i really think know a days when they are been interview to be a cop they are not always looking for the right characteristics in what a cop stands for and its sad they ask all these other stuff intense questioner but do they analyze your mental behavior no and a cop on duty has so much bad know its not even funny they do not drive safe always on cell phone do rolling stops take red lights with no emergencies everything that makes a dangerous driver and lately they been taking adventage of women what else some even rape what is going on with sheriff lee baca get on it and take actions please show us we can still trust you!!!!!!!!

ANOTHER PUBLIC SERVENT TAKING AVANTAGE OF THE PEOPLE THAT HE'S SUPPOSE TO PROTECT AND SERVE...BETTER BACKGROUND CHECKS....AND YOU WONDER WHY SOME OFFICERS GET INJURED...NO MATTER WHAT UNIFORM THEY WEAR OF BADGE THEY ARE STILL HUMAN NO BETTER THAN YOU OR I , IF HE WAS AN AVERAGE PERSON HE WOULD STILL BE LOCKED UP.. GO FIGURE..

I think this is a set up. I don't believe it for a second.

I highly doubt that he is guilty. The whole story shown in multiple news websites smells very fishy.

Don't they have to arrive at a scene in pairs?
Why wasn't the girl with the mother and the sister in the living room?
Why was the officer allowed to go into the girl's room and close the door?
How often do jewelry thefts happen and not have other things taken?
What is the employment status of the mother (especially if she is single)?
How can a cop that has been in the force for 14 years be too stupid to do such an obviously incriminating thing when the mother was practically in the other room?

The cop was defended by many people from the community because he has been helpful. A 17 year old is not a child, she would have had a problem doing what the officer allegedly asked. She would have called her Mom to go into the room with her, and if the officer was forceful they could have called the police again to have someone else come and press charges on the officer right then and there. This really smells like a setup, either by the Mom and the daughters or by some people that want to get this man into trouble.

LA Times, do some real investigation please.

 
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