Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office: Employee crimes not tolerated

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WICHITA, Kan. - A former Sedgwick County detention deputy pleaded no contest in court Monday. David Kendall had been accused of sex crimes against inmates.

The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office spoke with KAKE News on how it holds its deputies accountable for their actions.

Undersheriff Danny Bardezbain said, "When they do something and it hits the news, it tarnishes all of our badges."

Kendall was accused of sexually assaulting six inmates between April and June 2012, along with one count of making false information.

The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office isn't taking these crimes lightly. "I think that this helps the morale here, so the deputies know that we won't tolerate or keep people here that don't want to obey the rules," Undersheriff Bardezbain said.

Since Sheriff Jeff Easter took office, there have been a number of deputies charged with crimes against inmates.

Just this month, an off-duty sergeant allegedly made threatening phone calls to on-duty employees.

Other incidents include:
-In March 2014, a former Sedgwick County detention deputy, Kenneth Reese, was arrested and accused of sex crimes against jail inmates. In March 2013, a female inmate came forward with allegations of inappropriate, sexual relations with Reese. The inmate claimed there had been intermittent instances since October 2012.

-In September 2013, A deputy was arrested for allegedly stealing an inmate's debit card. According to Sheriff Easter, the business where the card was used had security cameras and it showed detention deputy Robert N. Shinkle using the debit card to purchase $50 worth of items. Shinkel had been with the sheriff's office for six-and-a-half years.

-In July 2013, two deputies were arrested following a two-week investigation. Deputies Brenton Johnson and David Spears were each charged with two felony counts of making false information. Johnson was also charged with a misdemeanor count of official misconduct.

Bardezbain says they have made clear what expectations deputies need to hold. He also says employee crimes do hurt morale.

"Even though we get a black eye once in a while, we put it out there and it allows us to keep our heads up," Bardezbain said.

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