UPDATE: Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Two Sedgwick County sheriff's deputies who were arrested Tuesday have officially been charged in district court.
Yesterday, Deputies Brenton Johnson and David Spears were taken into custody following a two-week investigation.
This morning, both made their first appearance in district court and were each charged with two felony counts of making false information. Johnson, 39, was also charged with a misdemeanor count of official misconduct.
Court documents show the charges are based on entries made on the men's time sheets between July 1st and July 15th. The complaint also accuses Johnson of using a Sheriff's department vehicle for his personal gain.
Both work in the county's transportation department, transferring inmates between jails. Johnson has been with the department for 10 years. Fifty-year-old Spears has been a deputy for 19 years.
Both men are free on a $25,000 bond and are on administrative leave from the sheriff's office without pay. They're scheduled to be back in court for a preliminary hearing on August 14.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office says two deputies will be charged with providing false information.
During a press conference, Sheriff Jeff Easter said inconsistencies in paperwork led to an investigation that began back on July 11. Both deputies will be charged with two counts of providing false information. One of the deputies will also be charged with official misconduct.
"If you're not going to be accountable we will hold you responsible." says Easter.
The two deputies were partners who worked in the transportation department, transferring inmates between jails. Their names have not been released.
Easter said he regrets that taxpayer money may have been misused, though the sheriff did not yet know how much money might have been involved.