Detention deputy under investigation for alleged threats against co-workers

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WICHITA, Kan. — The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office is investigating alleged threats made by one of their deputies.

Sheriff Jeff Easter held a briefing Friday morning to discuss the investigation of a detention supervisor. The incident involves an off-duty sergeant who allegedly made threatening phone calls to on-duty employees at the county jail on Saturday, May 3.

"Any time you have this type of incident it's surprising," Sheriff Easter said. "But it happened and our main obligation is to keep our employees safe and that's the reason we chose to investigate this as a crime."

Sheriff Easter said there were at least two calls threatening violence. He wouldn't go into detail, but said the threats weren't made against specific employees. He believes alcohol was involved.

"It struck us odd how this has occurred," Easter said. "It was some frustrations (he voiced) and during those frustrations he voiced some threats."

While the calls are being investigated as a crime, no arrests have been made. The sergeant has been placed on administrative leave while the investigation is underway. He's currently not allowed to enter or call the facility.

"We are held to a higher standard and it's better to bring it to the public's attention that this occurred than have rumors," Easter said.

The deputy has been with the county for nine years and works second shift at the jail. He was promoted to sergeant three years ago.

The case will be presented to the district attorney's office later today, and he could face felony charges of criminal threat.

"What's most important is that the citizens have trust in the Sheriff's office that we are going to do our duties as they see fit and that we are also going to address individuals who work for us so that we do not erode that trust," Easter said.

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