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Deputies charged with falsifying time sheets are placed on diversion

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, at 6:28 p.m.

Two Sedgwick County sheriff’s deputies who were charged with felonies in July for falsifying time sheets entered diversion agreements Friday that will allow them to avoid convictions in the case.

The agreements call for the prosecution of Brenton E. Johnson, 39, and David D. Spears, 50, to be suspended for 12 months. If all terms of the agreement are met, charges of making false information will be dismissed.

Under the agreement, Johnson and Spears admitted to the following allegations that were outlined by prosecutors:

After a sheriff’s sergeant learned that the deputies had falsified overtime pay requests for July 1 and 2, he had a GPS tracking device placed on the vehicle the deputies used in their job transporting inmates.

On July 16, the men were observed at a YMCA for an hour during a time they were scheduled to be on duty. Johnson was observed later that day working a part-time traffic-control job near Central and Webb.

On July 17, they men were again observed for an hour at the YMCA. Johnson was later followed to his part-time job while Spears was followed to his home.

The deputies continued to engage in unauthorized personal activities during their normal working hours five times from July 19 through July 25. They also submitted falsified requests for overtime hours not worked on July 24 and 25.

The deputies have been on unpaid suspension since the charges were filed.

Reach Hurst Laviana at 316-268-6499 or hlaviana@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @hlaviana.

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