Crime & Courts

Former Wichita cop arrested on suspicion of another sex crime

A former Wichita police officer who pleaded guilty in January to sexual battery while on duty has been arrested on suspicion of a another sex crime, authorities said.

Joseph McGill, 28, was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail shortly after 11:20 p.m. Tuesday on suspicion of aggravated indecent liberties with a child, records show. He remained in jail late Wednesday on suggested bail of $100,000.

Exploited and Missing Child Unit Lt. Jeff Weible said the incident that prompted the arrest occurred within the past 12 months in Wichita. Typically, an aggravated indecent liberties case involves a victim under the age of 14.

“We’re still trying to determine whether there’s more than one victim,” Weible said. “The incident has just come to light.”

While he would not discuss the reported victim or victims in any detail, Weible said the “suspect is not targeting strangers.”

McGill, who was sentenced in March to three years’ probation, was arrested in Hutchinson earlier Tuesday and brought to Wichita for incarceration.

He had been charged in March 2011 with inappropriately touching residents on two occasions while he was working as a police officer. The charges stemmed from separate incidents in November 2010 and the following February.

McGill was with the Police Department about three years. The department suspended him without pay, and he resigned a couple of weeks after the charges were filed.

Weible said he hopes to present evidence in the case to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office “by the end of this week or early next week.”

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