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Once-honored Calif. deputy faces child sex charges

PLACER COUNTY, Calif. - A county sheriff in northern California is facing sex charges that allegedly date back three years ago, but the investigation began only a few weeks ago, reports CBS Sacramento.

Ken Skogen, 35, was arrested on suspicion of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old volunteer for the sheriff's department, says the station. The deputy was arrested by his own team.

Another deputy in Skogen's department reported the questionable relationship between the suspect and the minor in 2011. The district attorney's office investigated the accusations and Skogen was put on leave at the end of May.

Skogen was awarded the public safety officer medal of valor in 2009 for rescuing a woman from a burning building.

The deputy was released on bail and is scheduled to face a judge on child sex charges next month.