Crime & Courts

Ex-jail deputy accused of sex crimes against inmates faces hearing

On Wednesday, more than six months after being charged with sexually assaulting six Sedgwick County jail inmates, former sheriff’s jail Deputy David Kendall will get a chance to hear some of the evidence against him.

Some testimony could come from men who allegedly were victims of Kendall while being held in jail, according to court documents.

Prosecutors charged Kendall, 22, with nearly a dozen sex crimes against inmates, ranging from felony sodomy to misdemeanor sexual battery. Authorities say the crimes occurred between April and June.

Kendall also faces a charge of giving false information on a sheriff’s log.

Wednesday’s preliminary hearing in Sedgwick County District Court — where prosecutors have to present enough evidence to convince a judge that Kendall should face trial — is expected to last more than a day.

Kendall, who resigned after the allegations arose, has been out of jail on a $500,000 bond.

His attorneys could not be reached for comment Monday.

Kendall also is the subject of legal claims filed against the county. The claims, filed by attorneys on behalf of inmates who allege their civil rights were violated and that sheriff’s officials were negligent in hiring Kendall, are an initial step in filing lawsuits.

The Eagle reported in September that the county was facing claims from four inmates totaling $22 million.

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