Former jail deputy arraigned on inmate-abuse charges

A judge on Friday refused to lower the $500,000 bond for former Sedgwick County detention Deputy David Kendall, who is charged with raping two jail inmates last year and sexually propositioning four others.

During his arraignment in Sedgwick County District Court, not guilty pleas were entered on Kendall’s behalf on all charges. District Judge Joseph Bribiesca set the case for jury trial on Oct. 21.

Kendall, 23, is charged with crimes ranging from aggravated sodomy to misdemeanor sexual battery.

Kendall’s lawyers contended last week at his preliminary hearing that the incident led to the charges was staged by a 34-year-old former Crips gang member who had consensual sex with Kendall and then claimed to have been raped.

They contended that the other five alleged victims came forward with their own stories of sexual abuse in the hopes of receiving a share of millions of dollars in compensation that might be at stake. The inmates collectively have filed claims against Sedgwick County seeking more than $20 million.

Defense lawyer Charlie O’Hara argued unsuccessfully at Friday’s hearing that Kendall was not a danger to society, and that his bond should be reduced.

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