Ex-Kansas Deputy Charged With Inappropriate Touching

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

A former northeast Kansas sheriff's deputy has been charged with inappropriately touching a female inmate.

Thirty-nine-year-old Vernon Finkenbinder was charged Tuesday in Johnson County with unlawful sexual relations and posted bond. The sheriff's office says the incident occurred Sept. 23 while the female inmate was in custody at a central booking location for those suspected of a crime in Johnson County.

A news release says the allegation was reported two days later, leading to a criminal investigation.

Finkenbinder was placed on administrative leave and since has resigned from the sheriff's office. The news release says investigators have determined that what happened was "an isolated incident."

The sheriff's office says it wasn't immediately known if Finkenbinder had an attorney. He is scheduled to make his first court appearance Oct. 11.

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