Crime & Courts

Ex-jailer who abused inmates now accused of sex with child, possessing child porn

David Kendall during a court hearing in 2013. The former Sedgwick County detention deputy, who was convicted of sex crimes against inmates, is back in jail - this time on suspicion of committing sex crimes against children. (Aug. 21, 2013)
David Kendall during a court hearing in 2013. The former Sedgwick County detention deputy, who was convicted of sex crimes against inmates, is back in jail - this time on suspicion of committing sex crimes against children. (Aug. 21, 2013) File photo

A former Sedgwick County detention deputy convicted of sex crimes against inmates is back in jail — this time he's accused of sex crimes against a child.

David Kendall, who is 27 now, was convicted in 2014 of six counts of attempted unlawful sexual relations and sentenced to two years of probation. That case arose after several men housed at the Sedgwick County Jail came forward with reports that they'd been raped or sexually propositioned by Kendall while he worked in 2012 and 2013.

Kendall's parole in the inmate sex case ended Wednesday. He was arrested that same day on the new charges.

Prosecutors formally charged him Friday afternoon with two counts of criminal sodomy, three counts of sexual exploitation of a child and one count of violating offender registration requirements, Sedgwick County District Court records show.

Two of the exploitation counts accuse Kendall of possessing sexually explicit images of a child younger than 18. The other accuses him of encouraging a child to engage in sexually explicit conduct, according to court records.

Goddard police Lt. Lance Beagley said his agency received a report on April 12, accusing Kendall of sex crimes against a 15-year-old. The report was that Kendall and the teen had sexual contact in Goddard over the summer, he said. Court records say the alleged crimes happened in July.

Only one child was involved, Beagley said. He would not disclose other specifics of the case.

Kendall is being held in the Sedgwick County Jail in lieu of $165,000, according to court records. He made a first appearance in court Friday afternoon and is due back before a judge May 3. His court-appointed attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday.

Kendall's inmate sex case is among those that led Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office officials to increase efforts to combat sexual assault and harassment at the jail. Although he was given probation for those crimes, Kendall ended up in prison when a judge found that he violated the terms of his probation by driving drunk and refusing a breath test in 2015.

Kendall was released from prison on parole 14 months ago, according to Kansas Department of Corrections records. He had been living in Goddard, according to the national sex offender registry.

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