Former RCPD Corrections Officer Arrested For Misconduct

By: Lindsey Rogers Email
By: Lindsey Rogers Email

RILEY COUNTY, Kan. (WIBW) -- The Riley County Police Department was forced to have one of its own arrested after an investigation into the actions of an employee at the jail.

Former corrections officer Russ McCormick, 30, is facing several criminal charges stemming from alleged misconduct, the department revealed Tuesday.

On Friday, November 30, 2012, McCormick was arrested by the Wabaunsee County Sheriff's Office on a warrant issued by the Riley County District Court alleging three violations of Kansas Law: Trafficking in contraband in a correctional institution, Unlawful sexual relations and Promoting obscenity.

He was later released after posting a $2,500 bond.

His arrest was the result of an investigation into McCormick's activities by Riley County police detectives.

"Due to the ongoing nature of the criminal prosecution and in a desire to do nothing to reduce the chances of a successful prosecution of the charges, the Riley County Police Department is not in a position to comment further on the matter," a press release stated.

Prosecution of the case will be handled by the Riley County Attorney's Office.

RCPD Director Bradley Schoen said McCormick was released from employment by RCPD prior to his arrest due to a separate internal investigation.

We want the public to know that we hold our people accountable to the department's core values and to the law and in instances where our employees violate our core values and where that violation results in a violation of the law, we're going to hold people accountable. In that respect, we're no different than any member of the general public. And that's what we want everybody to know. We treat our own staff just like we treat the general public. We have expectations for them and they're identical," Schoen told members of the media Tuesday.

"It's an unfortunate situation but it occurred but we're dealing with it and he's no longer employed here now," he added.

Schoen declined to comment further on the matter, saying he did not want to jeopardize any potential prosecution.

The department declined to release McCormick's photo.

Officials say he had been employed by the agency for just over two years.


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