Ex-Sedgwick County Jail deputy Kendall gets probation

06/27/2014 6:35 AM

08/08/2014 10:25 AM

A judge sentenced former Sedgwick County Jail deputy David Kendall to two years of probation for attempted unlawful sexual relations with inmates.

Kendall pleaded no contest in May to six counts of attempted unlawful sexual relations with inmates and one count of making a false information.

Kendall was sentenced Friday morning by Judge Joseph Bribiesca, in Sedgwick County District Court, in a case that drew wide attention. The 2012 sheriff’s race became dominated by issues involving the jail. A key issue was a controversy over how the Sheriff’s Office dealt with Kendall.

The crimes under Kendall’s plea agreement carry the presumption of probation. Bribiesca said he was giving the maximum sentence, 26 months in prison, and granting probation.

The judge told Kendall he would have to register as a sex offender and undergo a sex-offender evaluation, and that if it showed he needed treatment, he would have to get treatment.

Kendall had been facing a dozen charges, including felony aggravated criminal sodomy and misdemeanor sexual battery, involving six inmates in 2012.

The crimes under the plea agreement involved attempted consensual sex with six different inmates in April and June of 2012. Kendall resigned after the allegations against him were made.

The count of making a false information involved an entry on a log to obstruct detection of one of the crimes, a prosecutor said.

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