Former Wichita police officer faces trial on more alleged sex crimes

06/07/2012 5:00 AM

08/08/2014 10:10 AM

Former Wichita police officer Joseph McGill was bound over for trial Thursday morning on two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child following testimony from his wife in Sedgwick County District Court.

Jessica McGill, speaking softly but steadily, testified that her husband confided to her in May after a therapy session that he had committed a sexual act on a 3-month-old child and a 1-year-old child.

Judge Jeff Syrios set a jury trial for July 30.

Wearing a red jail jumpsuit, handcuffs and ankle shackles, McGill watched impassively as his wife gave the only testimony offered at the hearing.

She testified that he called her while she was at work on the evening of May 7 and said he had something “really important” to tell her, and that she needed to leave work immediately and come to his therapist’s office. She couldn’t leave work, but eventually agreed to meet him outside of their house after work.

She testified that he told her “I would hate him forever” after he told her what he needed to, and that “it’s very bad.”

He had already packed in anticipation of being asked to leave, she testified, and she did order him out of the house once he told her what happened.

McGill, now 28, pleaded guilty in January to sexual battery while on duty as a police officer and was sentenced to three years’ probation. Those charges stemmed from separate incidents in November 2010 and the following February.

McGill worked for the Wichita Police Department about three years. The department suspended him without pay, and he resigned after the charges were filed.

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