Former KCSO deputy apologizes on social media for role in drug scandal

Former Kern County Sheriff's Office deputy Logan August, seen with his wife, apologizes to the community for his role in a corruption scandal involving the sale of seized drugs, in a video posted May 7, 2017, to YouTube. (Photo: Logan August/YouTube)

One of two former Kern Country Sheriff's deputies facing prison time for selling drugs that were seized during raids is now apologizing in a YouTube video.

Logan August posted an apology to his family, friends, co-workers and the community.


August, sitting next to his wife, says in the video posted Sunday, "I want to first of all just express how sorry I am to the residents of Kern County and Bakersfield and especially to all the partners that I have with the Kern County Sheriff's department and all the partners in the Bakersfield city Police Department. Anybody I ever worked with, anybody that wears the badge that I disgraced."

Court documents say that 10 times in 2014, August stole marijuana seized during sheriff's department raids. He gave the marijuana to a former confidential informant to sell and then received a $15,000 cut of the sales.

Between June 2014 and October 2014, August conspired with former deputy Derrick Penney, his informant, former Bakersfield police detective Patrick Mara and others to steal and sell marijuana that they took from a locked evidence storage facility. Penney profited $1,200, according to his signed statement of facts.

Public records obtained through Transparent California indicate that the two deputies each earned at or near $200,000 in pay and benefits during the year of their crimes.

August and Penney admitted their involvement in the crime.

August left the department in 2015, and Penney left the department in 2016. They each joined the department in 2007.

They are scheduled to plead guilty on May 15 at the federal courthouse in downtown Fresno to charges of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana.

The maximum sentence for the crime is five years in federal prison and a fine, but prosecutors will recommend a lesser sentence as part of the deal.

Judge Lawrence O'Neill is not bound to follow the recommendation, but he did give lighter sentences to former police detectives Mara and Damacio Diaz last year for similar crimes.

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