Wichita officer charged with sex crimes released from jail

WICHITA _ A Wichita patrol officer charged with committing sexual battery while on duty has been released from the Sedgwick County Jail after posting bond, Sheriff Robert Hinshaw confirmed today.

Wichita police Officer Joseph McGill posted a $25,000 bond Thursday, records showed. He was released from jail today after arrangements for his release were completed.

On Wednesday, prosecutors charged McGill with felony aggravated sexual battery in an alleged incident early Sunday and misdemeanor sexual battery in an alleged incident Nov. 19.

The felony charge says that McGill "unlawfully and intentionally" touched the victim to satisfy his sexual desires when the person was "overcome by force or fear."

Police Chief Norman Williams said the officer had been accused of "inappropriate contact" with a citizen while on duty early Sunday morning.

A police report said the incident occurred between 1 and 1:30 a.m. in the 200 block of North Exposition, near Second and Seneca.

McGill, 27, who has been with the Police Department about three years, has been suspended without pay.

He faces a March 16 preliminary hearing.