WICHITA — A former program coordinator for a Wichita agency that serves developmentally disabled adults faces a Sept. 14 preliminary hearing on sodomy charges.
The alleged victim is a KETCH client but was not in the same program where William L. Curless worked, KETCH president and CEO Ron Pasmore said today.
The alleged incident wasn't related to Curless' job at KETCH, and it allegedly occurred at a location outside the scope of his job, Pasmore said.
Prosecutors have charged Curless, 39, with two counts of aggravated criminal sodomy on or about July 5.
The charges, filed in Sedgwick County District Court on July 27, say the crimes occurred without the victim's consent and when the person was "overcome by force or fear."
Curless has been released on a $100,000 bond.
His attorney, Rocky Wiechman, said today: "William Curless will vigorously defend these charges and expects to be exonerated."
KETCH immediately suspended Curless when it learned of the allegations, then fired him on July 15, Pasmore said.
Curless supervised a day program at the KETCH campus near Washington and Waterman. He worked for KETCH for about 12 years and received about $28,000 a year, Pasmore said.
KETCH — Kansas Elks Training Center for the Handicapped — describes itself as a nonprofit organization that helps disabled adults to live more independent lives in the community.
Pasmore said he knew of no allegations against Curless other than the charges he is facing.
Any report of that type, "we would immediately report that to SRS and the police" and cooperate with any investigation, he said.
KETCH conducts "pretty extensive background checks" on prospective employees, and someone with a record of harming anyone would not be eligible for a job, Pasmore said.