Thursday, December 02, 2010

OCSD trying to keep distance from deputy charged with sexual assault of minor while responding to theft call

Posted by CotoBlogzz 12-02-2010

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA –  Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Cole appeared in court today after the Orange County District Attorney (OCDA) filed charges based on accusations that led to his initial arrest in June.   

On June 23, 2010 Cole, 41, Hisperia, was accused of being on duty and responding to a call from a home located in an unincorporated area of Tustin.  The mother of 17-year-old Jane Doe had called OCSD reporting that her jewelry was stolen. Cole is accused of entering the home and talking to the mother, Jane Doe, and Jane Doe's sister in the living room. He is accused of entering Jane Doe's bedroom and telling the victim to take off some of her clothes and then leaving her bedroom. After talking to the mother and sister in the living room again, he is accused of going back to Jane Doe's room and closing the door.  Once Cole left the residence, the victim immediately disclosed the sexual assault to her mother.

Cole 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 Orange County Sheriff (OCSD) Department publicly reported Cole’s  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.”

Anyone with additional information or who believes they have been a victim is encouraged to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Randy Litwin at (714) 347-8794.

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