PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Oregon State Police says a 42-year-old Lake County sheriff’s deputy has turned himself in following an investigation that he had a sexual relationship with a missing teenage girl.
Authorities sent out statewide alerts on Sunday for 17-year-old girl Marriah F. Andrews. She was found Sunday afternoon after she contacted authorities.
State police says that Kenneth Turkle turned himself in Sunday morning. A warrant for his arrest was issued on Saturday. The deputy was wanted on third-degree sex abuse and contributing to sexual delinquency of a minor. The deputy had resigned from his post a week ago following the revelation of an investigation.
Before she was reported missing, Andrews was last seen in the Grants Pass area with a man identified as Turkle by witnesses on Friday morning.
Turkle had worked with the Lake County sheriff’s office for 10 years.