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Sedgwick County court clerk accused of illegally using confidential information

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, at 11:14 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, at 8:46 p.m.

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A Sedgwick County District Court trial clerk is accused of illegally using confidential information obtained during her job.

Krista Khamsysopha, 22, faces a misdemeanor charge of official misconduct, court records show.

A complaint filed in the court for which she works accuses Khamsysopha of using confidential information for “private benefit or gain” for herself or another “or to intentionally cause harm to another.”

The complaint alleges that the misconduct occurred between Aug. 18 and Sept. 15 but does not give specifics.

Probable cause affidavits, which give more detail, are not open records in Kansas, though they are in most other states. That means exactly what Khamsysopha is accused of doing remains a mystery for now.

Khamsysopha was booked into jail Nov. 21, sheriff’s records show.

Those records say the charge she was booked into jail for was “breach of privacy” and accused her of entering a private place to listen to a private conversation. However, the charge prosecutors filed in the case was official misconduct.

Khamsysopha made her first appearance in court as a defendant on Nov. 21, records show.

The Eagle asked the district attorney and sheriff’s offices for more information, but neither would provide more than what was in the official complaint.

Bernie Lumbreras, clerk of the district court, confirmed prosecutors had filed a case against Khamsysopha but added “I wouldn’t be able to give you information.”

Lumbreras said trial clerks “process all the information filed by attorneys and assist the public.”

Khamsysopha worked in the civil department, Lumbreras said.

Khamsysopha’s court-appointed lawyer, Nicholas Means, said he had not yet met with his client.

Khamsysopha began working for the court June 25, Lumbreras said.

A trial in the case has been scheduled for Dec. 5.

Reach Deb Gruver at 316-268-6400 or dgruver@wichitaeagle.com.

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