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Ex-O.C. deputy on trial in alleged sexual attack on teenage girl

September 19, 2012 |  3:10 pm

Scott Allan ColeOpening statements began Wednesday in the trial of a former Orange County sheriff's deputy accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl while on duty.

Scott Allan Cole, 43, is charged with a single felony count related to the sexual assault of a 17-year-old girl in 2010, and he could face up to three years in prison and might have to register as a lifetime sex offender if convicted, according to a statement from the Orange County district attorney's office.

The accusation came after Cole responded to a June 2010 call in Tustin regarding some stolen jewelry and a 17-year-old girl, prosecutors said.

Cole spoke to the girl and her relatives, and then allegedly went into her bedroom and told her to remove  her clothing, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said Cole left the room briefly to talk to the girl's relatives again before returning to her room and sexually assaulting the teen. After the deputy left the home, the girl told her mother what had happened, prosecutors said.


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Photo: Scott Allan Cole. Credit: KTLA-TV, Channel 5