Logan August (pictured), a California cop who pleaded guilty to stealing marijuana during criminal investigations and conspiring to sell it, has blamed ‘Satan’ for his actions
A California cop who pleaded guilty to stealing marijuana during criminal investigations and conspiring to sell it has blamed ‘Satan’ for his actions.
Logan August, a former Kern County sheriff’s deputy, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute marijuana. Another former Kern County cop, Derrick Penney, did the same.
August attempted to explain his actions in a confession video posted to YouTube on May 7.
‘I want to, first of all, just express how sorry I am,’ the 30-year-old said, while sat with his wife.
‘I accept 100 per cent what I’ve done… I put it on my heart to be honest, and to just own up to it, and to use this as a learning situation.
‘I made a horrible decision, it was nobody else’s fault, I made that decision based on Satan playing games with me and making me feel like I was prideful and unable to go to family members for help.’
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August, a former Kern County sheriff’s deputy, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute marijuana
Another former Kern County cop, Derrick Penney (pictured), also pleaded guilty in a California court Monday
August goes on in the video, which lasted nearly seven minutes, to accept the flood of negative attacks he has received on social media.
‘I am deserving of everything you said… I am despicable and I am a piece of crap and that is me in this world,’ he said.
The Los Angeles Times reports August and Penney pleaded guilty at the federal courthouse in Fresno on Monday, after their crimes were uncovered last month.
The ex-deputies had been accused of working with former Bakersfield sheriff Patrick Mara and others to steal marijuana from the Kern County Sheriff’s Office.
The marijuana, which had been seized during drug investigations, was going to be sold off as part of the plan.
August had knowledge of the situation as he had worked with the Sheriff’s Major Vendor Narcotics Unit and been a part of drug busts, according to the newspaper.
Authorities accused August of taking marijuana on 10 separate occasions in 2014, and receiving about $25,000 after it was sold.
Court papers claim August and Penney, on one occasion, handed over about eight pounds of marijuana to a seller – after stealing it and having it trimmed.
The Times reports they each received about $1,200 for that transaction.
The duo will be sentenced in August, and could be jailed for five years.
August and Penney were members of the Kern County Sheriff Department. Pictured is a stock photograph of officers from the department stood next to a squad car