289 (h) Except as provided in Section 288, any person who participates in an act of sexual penetration with another person who is under 18 years of age shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison or in the county jail for a period of not more than one year.Below is the text of the release:
DEPUTY CHARGED WITH FELONY
Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Cole appeared in court today after the District Attorney filed charges based on accusations that led to his initial arrest in June.
He has been charged with violation of Section 289 (h) of the Penal Code and will be held at the Orange County Jail until his arraignment before a judge.
The Department publically reported his arrest in June and he has been on administrative leave since then. He had posted bond and was released from jail.
Assistant Sheriff Mike James said of the re-arrest today:
“Today is a very difficult day for us as we arrested one of our own for a crime that is the worst violation of public trust. This arrest stems from a very thorough, five-month long investigation we conducted with the Orange County District Attorney’s office. I cannot comment on the specifics of the investigation except to say that the Deputy worked in North Patrol and was put on administrative leave the same day we received the complaint.
Sheriff Hutchens and the members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department will not tolerate any of our personnel dishonoring our badge. The public should be assured that we will use whatever resources are necessary to bring this case to justice.”
For further information contact Assistant Sheriff James at 714-647-7042.