|Kenneth M. Reese|
WICHITA - A former Sedgwick County detention deputy has been arrested, accused of sex crimes against jail inmates.
Friday morning, Sheriff Jeff Easter held a briefing on the arrest of the former jailer, who was taken into custody Thursday night.
In March of 2013, a female inmate came forward alleging inappropriate sexual relations with a jail deputy. She claimed there had been intermittent instances since October of 2012. Sheriff Easter said the deputy was immediately placed on restricted duty and a criminal investigation began.
At the time, the inmate's claims could not be substantiated but the case was presented to the district attorney's office under advisement.
Later, another female inmate came forward claiming the same jailer committed "lewd and lascivious behavior" on himself in front of her, and a second investigation began. He was once again placed on restricted duty.
He resigned in February of this year, while the investigation was still underway. The original case and the second case were later presented to the district attorney's office, and he was arrested last night.
Jail records show that 50-year-old Kenneth M. Reese was arrested and booked on seven counts of unlawful sexual relations with an inmate, and one count of making false information. He has since bonded out.
Reese worked as a deputy for 14 years.