Former deputy Logan August surrenders to authorities

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The Kern County Grand Jury handed down a secret indictment Wednesday, charging Logan August with 15 felonies. By Thursday afternoon, August was in jail. 

Criminal defense attorney David Torres walked alongside his client, Logan August, Thursday afternoon as August surrendered at the Downtown jail.

“Quite frankly, I wasn’t aware that an investigation was in the process until I was contacted by [Kristin Price].”

August and his former partner Derrick Penney were previously sentenced to three years probation on a federal drug charge, but they never spent a day behind bars.

The new charges, in Kern County Superior Court, could result in prison time.

Torres said the latest investigation was payback:

“This makes absolutely no sense. And the only question we can ask is ‘Why?’ And there’s only one word: vindictiveness. Because Donny Youngblood and the DA’s office is not satisfied with the sentence imposed by a federal court judge, nor were they satisfied with the investigation that was done by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Agency.”

“This whole secrecy is nothing more but outrageous government conduct, but unfortunately, it’s an abuse of power.”

Torres says he isn’t happy with how it all went down. 

“This was Donny Youngblood’s punishment — initial punishment — to Mr. Penney and to Mr. August by basically swooping him up as fast as they can, so they can spend this humiliating time in a cage observed by police officers.”

17 News reached out to Sheriff Donny Youngblood Thursday.His secretary said he had no comment on the case. 

August is being held on $285,000 bail and he is scheduled to be in court Tuesday.

For key players, a timeline of events, and court documents, click here.

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