Feb 12, 2020 10:07 PM

Sheriff: Kansas deputies suspended for illegal steroids

Posted Feb 12, 2020 10:07 PM
Sheriff Jeff Easter during Wednesday's news conference
Sheriff Jeff Easter during Wednesday's news conference

SEDGWICK COUNTY — Law enforcement authorities are investigating detention deputies for allegedly using, distributing and selling steroids, according to Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter.   

The activity had been going on for a year and apparently took place outside the facility. It does not appear any illegal steroids were introduced into the jail.

The following employees are being investigated are assigned to the Detention Bureau:

  1. 27 year old White Male                   Employed 4 years
  2. 28 year old White Male                   Employed 4 ½ years
  3. 40 year old White Male                   Employed 16 years
  4. 27 year old White Male                   Employed 6 ½ years
  5. 29 year old White Male                   Employed 3 years
  6. 46 year old White Male                   Employed 15 years
  7. 28 year old White Male                   Employed 3 years
  8. 25 year old White Female              Employed 3 years

Three of these are believed to have sold the illegal steroids. The officers include two corporals. No charges have been filed. 

  After the criminal case is concluded, it will be presented to the District Attorney’s Office.  The crimes being investigated are:

KSA 21-5705 (a) (6) Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance (Felony)

KSA 21-5706 (b) (5) Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (Class A Nonperson Misdemeanor)

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Feb 12, 2020 10:07 PM
Ex-Kan. prison lab instructor wants sex crime conviction thrown out
Tomas Co photo Texas County

TOPEKA, KAN. (AP) — A former prison dental instructor who was found guilty earlier this month of one count of unlawful sexual relations with an inmate is asking a judge to throw out the conviction.

Tomas Co was convicted on one charge and found not guilty of five other charges alleging he abused female inmates working in the dental lab at the Topeka Correctional Facility.

The conviction was for a woman who said Co touched the inside of her knee and thigh.

In a motion filed Friday, Co's attorney, Chris Joseph, argued that type of touching doesn’t constitute “lewd” touching under state law. The motion also asks Shawnee County District Court Judge Cheryl Rios to acquit Co based on insufficient evidence, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported.

Joseph said he also plans to seek probation for Co, rather than the 31 to 136 months of prison time he is facing.

District Attorney Mike Kagay said his office would file arguments in response to the defense motion.

Inmates in the dental lab complained for five years about alleged sexual harassment and unwanted touching by Co, who was dismissed in December 2018.