A decorated, veteran Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy pleaded not guilty Monday to charges he had a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl.
John August Rose II, 43, was charged with 17 felony counts related to a relationship he allegedly had with a teenage girl who was part of a family he knew socially, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Rose, who has been a sheriff’s department deputy for 22 years, allegedly had the relationship with the girl from March to June.
Most recently assigned to the Community Oriented Policing Services Bureau, Rose had won the Medal of Valor in 2002 for saving a woman’s life during a fire, among other awards.
He faces 13 years in state prison, according to prosecutors, who asked that bail be set at $605,000, according to the DA’s office.
Rose is charged with four counts of a lewd act on a child, six counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object, five counts of oral copulation of a person under 16, one count of contact with a minor for sexual offense and one count of possession of matter depicting a minor engaging in sexual conduct, the DA’s office said.
Rose was taken into custody Sept. 12. His alleged victim was originally said in a statement from the sheriff’s department to be 14 or 15 years old.