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Wichita police officer charged with sex crime

WICHITA — A Wichita police officer was charged today with aggravated sexual battery, a felony.

The officer, Joseph McGill, appeared in Sedgwick County District Court. He also was charged with sexual battery, a misdemeanor.

A preliminary hearing was set for March 16. His bond was set at $25,000.

McGill, 27, was arrested late Tuesday afternoon, department officials said. Police records indicate the incident occurred at about 1 a.m. Sunday in the street in the 200 block of North Exposition. It was reported later that same day.

Court records show he is charged with committing the misdemeanor on Nov. 19. The crimes involved different victims, court records show.

Chief Norman Williams said at a news briefing late this afternoon that the officer allegedly had inappropriate contact with a resident while on duty. McGill was expected to be suspended today without pay.

"I'm highly disappointed,'' Williams said. "I'm highly disturbed by this."

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