No charges filed against Wichita police officer accused of rape

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The Sedgwick County District Attorney's Office says no charges will be filed against a Wichita police officer who was arrested for rape earlier this year.

The DA's office said Friday there was "insufficient corroborating evidence" in the case against Marlon Woolcock. He was arrested February 12 and placed on administrative leave. 

The decision to not charge Woolcock was made in June. 

Officer Charley Davidson with the Wichita Police Department said the internal affairs investigation is still open, so additional information would not be released at this time. 

“An internal investigation concerning Marlon Woolcock’s allegations is ongoing," Officer Davidson said. "Currently, he is assigned to administrative duties until the completion of the internal investigation.”

Previous story from February 13, 2017:

A Wichita police officer has been booked into jail on suspicion of rape. 

A 31-year-old woman on Sunday reported to a Wichita hospital, Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter said. The woman said she had been raped and a rape kit was completed. 

"Medical staff reported the alleged rape to law enforcement, and the suspect was determined to be a Wichita police officer," Sheriff Easter said. 

Detectives were requested to investigate the alleged crime.

The officer, 31-year-old Marlon T. Woolcock, was booked into jail for one count of rape and placed on paid administrative leave. He has since bonded out of jail.

Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay said the victim is an acquaintance of the officer, who has been with the department since 2011. 

"As a police department, we are evolving in how we communicate issues when a police officer is alleged to be engaged in criminal activity," Chief Ramsay said. "When an officer has been arrested, booked or charged for a crime, we will communicate with our community and media swiftly, openly and neutrally. I was extremely disappointed to learn about this incident. Unfortunately, policing is sadly unique in that when one officer engages in misconduct, it reflects poorly on the entire profession."

Chief Ramsay made a request for the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office to take over the investigation into Woolcock. He told reporters Monday morning that the move will become standard policy when an officer is involved in a crime such as this.

"The Sheriff's department would investigate all Wichita police cases of officer involved criminal conduct, and vice versa," Ramsay said. 

Sheriff Easter added that the policy would strengthen the integrity of the investigation.

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