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Jailer pleads innocent

KEVIN MILLER

Seated away from other inmates in the courtroom, a former Nevada County Sheriff’s Department jailer from Truckee pleaded innocent Friday to 12 charges of sexually molesting female inmates.

Dressed in orange prisoner garb, Bobby “B.A.” Rutledge, who worked as a jailer in the sheriff’s department’s Truckee substation for two years, appeared in Nevada County Municipal Court with a day’s worth of beard growing on his chin.

The Truckee resident never spoke during the 9 a.m. proceeding. Rutledge’s court-appointed attorney, Glenn Kottcamp, entered the not-guilty plea for him and asked Judge Kathleen Butz to either release his client on his own recognizance or lower his bail from $85,000.

“He is not a threat to flee. He is married and he has a 4-year-old child,” Kottcamp said.

Nevada County District Attorney Mike Ferguson argued the 29-year-old Rutledge is a risk to flee because of the “serious and potential punishment” of 20 years in prison, with a history as a law enforcement agent.

Rutledge also poses a threat to public safety, Ferguson said.

“In my opinion, because we have multiple victims and multiple conduct over a period of time, I think we have a public safety concern.”

Judge Butz said she would take Kottcamp’s request under advisement and rule later.

Rutledge is accused of making female inmates strip in front of him. Six women have accused him of sexual misconduct, including one who said he tried to rape her.

Rutledge was brought into the courtroom separate from other inmates. Because of his recent employment as a jailer, Rutledge’s incarceration is being handled with extra security.

Judge Butz denied a motion by a Sacramento television station to videotape the proceedings Friday. She also denied media access to booking photographs of Rutledge, citing a concern over his safety if other inmates learned he was involved in law enforcement.

Rutledge, who is being jailed outside of Nevada County, is scheduled to make his next court appearance today at 1:30 p.m.


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