Crime & Courts

Another woman alleges sexual misconduct by former police officer

Thomas Delgado, 49, resigned last week from the Valley Center police department, the same day he was arrested by sheriff’s investigators on suspicion of official misconduct, rape, sexual battery and sexual exploitation of a child.
Thomas Delgado, 49, resigned last week from the Valley Center police department, the same day he was arrested by sheriff’s investigators on suspicion of official misconduct, rape, sexual battery and sexual exploitation of a child. Courtesy photo

Another woman has come forward with allegations that former Valley Center officer Thomas Delgado made sexual advances toward her when he was working as a law enforcement officer.

The woman first made the accusations in 2014 to the FBI.

The woman, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of retribution, told her lawyer in October of 2014 that Delgado had come to her house and tried to kiss her, and she had to forcibly push him off of her.

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The woman’s lawyer, who works at a prominent local law firm, kept notes from her meetings with the woman in 2014 and 2015 and shared them with The Eagle with the woman’s permission. The lawyer’s notes say that the woman had reported Delgado’s alleged misdeeds in 2014.

The lawyer passed on this information to the FBI, who passed the information on to the Sedwick County Sheriff’s Office. The lawyer followed up in March of 2015, but no local or federal law enforcement investigators contacted her, according to the lawyer.

The FBI did pass on the woman’s allegation to the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s office, but the FBI told the Sheriff’s Office that the woman wanted to remain anonymous at the time, according to Sheriff Jeff Easter.

The sheriff said he tried to find out who she was, but couldn’t.

“We couldn’t investigate what she was saying, and we had no idea who she was,” Easter said.

The woman said that a few years ago Delgado approached her at a local gas station that she used to stop at on the way to work and asked if she lived in the nearby apartments. “It was weird because I didn’t know him,” the woman said. “Then I just started seeing him everywhere, all the time, for a long time.”

She said she doesn’t know how he got her number but he started to call and text her sexually explicit propositions, saying things like, “I was hoping I could have a booty call tonight.”

And she tried to rebuff him by saying that she couldn’t talk to him because he was in law enforcement. “I am not a cop; I am your friend,” the woman said Delgado told her.

Then in 2013 Delgado came over one night and followed her back to her room, she said. “He tried to kiss me, and I pushed him off,” she said. She said she told several people about the incident afterward, including friends.

Delgado was working as a sheriff’s deputy at the time. He joined the Valley Center police department on April 1, 2014.

Delgado, 49, resigned last week from the Valley Center police department, the same day he was arrested by sheriff’s investigators on suspicion of official misconduct, rape, sexual battery and sexual exploitation of a child.

Delgado could not be reached for comment.

The woman, who had been charged with theft, was not offered any plea deal or quid pro quo in exchange for the information she shared about Delgado, according to her lawyer. Instead, her lawyer said, the woman had to be coaxed into allowing a report to authorities to be made.

The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation into Delgado.

“We are interviewing several people on this,” Easter said. “There are potentially other victims that will be interviewed.”

Oliver Morrison: 316-268-6499, @ORMorrison

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