Friday, July 13, 2012
Sedgwick County Jail inmates claim the sheriff knew about possible sex crimes involving a jail deputy but did nothing about it.
In court documents filed this week on behalf of an inmate, attorney Kurt Kerns says, "While it is clear that Sedgwick County was made aware of Detention Deputy (David) Kendall's sexual predator issues as early as April 29, 2012, no action was taken until inmate JT eZ sodomized on June 3, 2012."
The documents go into graphic detail about the allegations made by five different inmates who claim Kendall sexually assaulted them. The statements are in a 'motion to terminate' filed by Kerns on behalf of his client who is in jail on a probation violation. Kerns says his client has suffered enough and should be released on the violation charge.
Sheriff Robert Hinshaw responded by saying his department began its investigation into the allegations against Kendall on April 29, but they didn't rise to the level of removing Kendall from the jail because he was accused of kissing an inmate, not physically abusing him.
On June 3 when an inmate came forward with an allegation of rape, the sheriff restricted Kendall from being around inmates. The deputy was later arrested and has since resigned from the department.
Kendall's attorney Christopher O'Hara sent KAKE News a statement saying Kerns violated state law by releasing evidence in the case without getting permission from the court. O'Hara says "the motivation to release the document is an attempt to get an alleged victim the benefit of being released from probation..."
Kendall is being held on $800,000 bond.