Sedgwick County Inmates Seek $20 Million

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Six inmates in the Sedgwick County jail who allege they were sexually assaulted by a deputy are seeking $20 million from the county.

Attorneys for the inmates filed the two notices of claims with the county commissioners.

Prosecutors allege that six inmates were assaulted by jail deputy 21-year-old David Kendall, who resigned in late June. Kendall faces 12 charges, including aggravated criminal sodomy and misdemeanor sexual battery.

The inmates allege Sheriff Robert Hinshaw was negligent for retaining Kendall even after receiving reports that the deputy engaged in illegal sexual conduct with an inmate.

Hinshaw said he couldn't comment because of the ongoing investigations.

Kendall is held in a jail outside Sedgwick County. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday.

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