Another Sedgwick County Detention Deputy Charged

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) A second Sedgwick County detention deputy has been charged with sexual misconduct involving inmates.

The Wichita Eagle reports Sheriff Jeff Easter announced Wednesday that two male inmates complained in October of being subject to “lewd fondling” at a work-release center.

Two counts of unlawful sexual relations were filed in November but didn’t become public until Friday when James Conklin of Wichita made a first court appearance.

Conklin’s lawyer, Sal Intagliata, says Conklin has 19 years of “honorable service” as a detention deputy. The attorney also says he intends to challenge the credibility of the accusers.

Conklin is free on bond awaiting a Jan. 10 preliminary hearing.

A former Sedgwick County jailer, David Kendall, is charged with sex crimes involving six inmates. His preliminary hearing is scheduled Jan. 23.