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Sedgwick County sheriff’s employee arrested on charge of ‘unlawful sexual relations’ with inmate

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at 8 p.m.
  • Updated Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at 8:42 p.m.

A Sedgwick County sheriff’s employee has been arrested on a charge of having “unlawful sexual relations” with a female inmate, jail records show.

James Harris Conklin was booked into Sedgwick County Jail on Friday on the charge, according to the jail’s booking report. He was arrested at the Sedgwick County Courthouse, 525 N. Main, records show.

Information on the booking report indicates Conklin is either a law enforcement officer or a jail employee.

Lt. Ken Reed, a second-shift commander at the jail, confirmed the arrest by phone Saturday evening. Reed said Conklin was booked and released Friday after posting bond. Reed would not say whether Conklin worked at the jail.

Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter did not immediately return a phone message from The Eagle seeking comment Saturday evening. Attempts to reach Conklin by phone were unsuccessful.

A person with the same name as Conklin’s is listed as a detention deputy in a 2008 database of public employees. He was hired in July 1993, according to the database.

Further details on the alleged crimes, including when they occurred, or possible victims were not immediately available.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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