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Sexual misconduct charges filed; Jail officer faces 12 counts, including attempted rape

KEVIN MILLER

A Truckee correctional officer was arrested Tuesday and charged by the Nevada County District Attorney with 12 counts of sexual misconduct – including attempted rape – with female inmates .

District Attorney Michael Ferguson charged Truckee resident Bobby Alvin “B.A.” Rutledge Jr., a married 29-year-old father of one, with sexually molesting six women in the Truckee substation of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office.

Rutledge has been on paid administrative leave since Aug. 19, when an investigation began into complaints he was conducting strip searches of female prisoners. A two-year veteran of the sheriff’s department, Rutledge was fired Tuesday, Sheriff Troy Arbaugh said.

A cab driver who picked up one of his accusers from jail directed investigators to at least two other women who were allegedly compromised by Rutledge.

Five of the six women accusing Rutledge of molesting them were in jail on suspicion of driving under the influence.

On Aug. 28, an Auburn woman told sheriff’s investigators that Rutledge made her strip, fondled her breasts, tried to have intercourse with her, and engaged in oral sex with her while she was alone in a cell, according to investigation reports filed in Nevada County Municipal Court in support of the charges.

The woman was arrested July 8 by the California Highway Patrol near Truckee for driving under the influence. She was on her way home from Soda Springs, Idaho.

Rutledge was courteous and helpful while the woman underwent medical tests to determine her intoxication level, she told investigators. But after she was booked and was no longer in the company of CHP officers, he led her past a pair of empty cells to the one farthest away from scrutiny, she told investigators.

The woman said Rutledge commenced to sexually molest her without her consent.

The 12 charges against him, including one alternative count, are all “basically sexual misconduct based on duress and fear in view of the relationship and the circumstances,” Ferguson said.

“There’s definitely an abuse of authority – what almost amounts to a master-servant relationship,” the district attorney said.

Rutledge is charged with two counts of sexual battery, attempted rape, forced oral copulation, sexual penetration with a foreign object, four counts of unlawful strip search and two counts of attempted unlawful strip search. As an alternative to three of the counts, he could be convicted of unlawful sexual activity with a confined, consenting adult.

Bail for Rutledge is $85,000.


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