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KCSO Lt. on paid leave no longer with the department

Lt. William Starr was on leave for nearly two years.
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Posted at 9:45 AM, Jun 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-07 12:45:24-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Kern County Sheriff's lieutenant who supervised disgraced former deputies Logan August and Derrick Penney is no longer with the department, KCSO officials confirmed to 23ABC News Friday.

Officials say Lt. William Starr's employment with KCSO ended May 31. He had been on paid administrative leave since May of 2017.

He was placed on leave while the department investigated any possible involvement with August's and Penney's criminal activities. The results of that investigation have not been released yet.

Starr, who has been with KCSO since 2000, has not been criminally charged and it is unknown if the U.S. Department of Justice is currently investigating him or if it has in the past.

Starr supervised Penney from November 2014 through February 2016 and August from October 2013 to April 2015.

Back in 2017, August and Penney took plea deals in federal court on drug charges, as well as breaking into a KCSO evidence storage area and stealing marijuana to sell.

They were each sentenced to three years probation as part of those plea deals. August was also required to complete 1,500 hours of community service; Penney was required to complete 250 community service hours.