The former Kern County sheriff’s deputy looks into the eye of the camera, takes a breath and proceeds to tell the world he is contemptible, a disgrace to the badge he once wore, and an embarrassment to his family and friends.
“I’m despicable and I am a piece of crap,” Logan August says on a YouTube video he posted Sunday with his wife, Tiffany, by his side.
The 30-year-old is one of two former Kern County sheriff’s deputies who have agreed to plead guilty in federal court to stealing marijuana from the sheriff’s storage unit — and profiting from its sales.
According to court documents, August, who was assigned to the Major Vendors Narcotics Unit, and Derrick Penney, who was part of the KCSO’s Gang Suppression Section-Investigations Unit, conspired in 2014 with Bakersfield Police Department Detective Patrick Mara to use their department-assigned keys to access a storage unit where cannabis plants confiscated from illegal grow operations were stored.
Both men were hired by the Sheriff’s Office in 2007. August resigned Aug. 7, 2015, while Penney left law enforcement on March 4, 2016.
Mara, along with one-time Bakersfield Police Department partner Damacio Diaz, was sentenced last year to five years in federal prison after the pair admitted to stealing methamphetamine and putting it back on the streets, while pocketing thousands of dollars in profits.
August, wearing a T-shirt in his video, says he accepts responsibility for everything he did. He will not “deflect,” he says. He will not make excuses.
“I want to, first of all, express how sorry I am to the residents of Kern County and Bakersfield, and especially to all the partners that I have at the Kern County sheriff’s department and all the partners at the Bakersfield city police department — anybody I’ve ever worked with, anybody that wears the badge that I disgraced…”
August didn’t appear to be reading from a script, and stumbled over his words at times, looking at his wife several times.
“It’s nobody else’s fault. It’s my fault,” he says in the video. “I wish I had not made those decisions.”
August makes it clear he would like his mistakes to be a learning opportunity, for his children and especially for law enforcement officers who are placed in situations where temptation in the form of what seems like easy money is common.
“I made that decision based on Satan playing games with me,” he says.
“If one man or one woman or one law enforcement officer in the same position I was put in could use this to change their life for the better, then it’s worth it for me to go through this.”