Preliminary Hearing For Two Accused Sedgewick Deputies

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WICHITA, Kan. - (KAKE) Two Sedgwick County Sheriff's deputies are expected in court Wednesday morning. But not to testify against a criminal. They're the ones who stand accused, in a case dating back to last summer.

Brenton Johnson and David Spears were arrested last July. Court documents indicated they may have padded their work hours on electronic time cards. Johnson faces another charge: driving a sheriff's department vehicle for his own use.

The job of these deputies was to transfer inmates between jails. It's not clear why the men with a combined 30 years of public service might have decided to break the rules.

Both deputies have been on administrative leave without pay since their arrest. If they're convicted, they might have to spend seven to 18 months in prison and face a $100,000 fine.