Sheriff: Former employee arrested for unlawful sexual relations with inmates

WICHITA, Kansas – Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter held a press conference on Friday morning to announce the arrest of a former employee of the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Department.

Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter addresses the media about a recent arrest of an employee. (KSN Photo)
Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter addresses the media about a recent arrest of an employee. (KSN Photo)

Kenneth M. Reese, a detention deputy, was booked on seven counts of unlawful sexual relations with female inmates between October 2012 and March 2013.

An investigation began after the inmates reported the encounters.

“Well, it’s disgusting. we’re entrusted by the citizens to uphold the law not break the law,” said Sheriff Jeff Easter.  “So when you do not have someone that does not uphold those ethics and breaks the law, it is detrimental the the entire sheriff’s office.”

Reese was also booked on one count of making false information.

He was arrested last night and has since bonded out of jail.

Easter says no sexual intercourse was involved in the incidents.

“Again, this is an alleged crime that occurred. That former deputy is going to be given the same processes within the court system,” said Easter.

Reese resigned last month after being on the department for 14 years.

This is not the first time a county jailer has been accused in sex crimes.

Former jailer, David Kendall, is awaiting trial on allegations of unlawful sex contact in the jail.

The sheriff maintains there is not a problem, but another incident has happened.

They are dealing with it through internal investigations and the courts.

“We don’t hide behind anything. We are being very transparent about this,” said Easter.

The preliminary hearing for Kenneth M. Reese is set for April 10th.

 

 

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