AG's Office Wraps Up Probe Into Former RCPD Detective

By: Lindsey Rogers Email
By: Lindsey Rogers Email

RILEY COUNTY, Kan. (WIBW) -- The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and Kansas Attorney General’s Office have finished the investigation of a Riley County Police narcotics detective who was fired in 2010 and charged with felony misconduct and theft.

Mark Bylkas was fired in May of 2010. In July of 2010, Riley County
Attorney Barry Wilkerson said Bylkas was under investigation for missing cocaine evidence and other charges.

Riley County Police and prosecutors then turned the Bylkas investigation over to the Attorney General’s Office.

A year later in July 2011, Bylkas fired back, filing a civil suit in federal court, alleging he was cut from the force and falsely accused of a crime in retaliation for reporting misconduct among other RCPD officers.

He is suing the Riley County Law Board, Police Director Brad Schoen and other officers for wrongful termination. In his complaint, Bylkas states that he became aware that a member of his command staff was fabricating time sheets to cover up a string of extramarital affairs. When Bylkas reported it to supervisors, he claims members of the department turned on him and started to harass him in an effort to get him to quit his job. Bylkas says the harassment culminated in the initiation of a "false and fraudulent charge" and alleges that he was fired to hide the misconduct he identified.

Meanwhile, the Attorney General’s office has wrapped up their probe into the Bylkas case and turned the investigation back over to Riley County Attorney Barry Wilkerson in recent weeks. Wilkerson told 13 News that he has passed the case off to a special prosecutor to decide whether or not Bylkas will face any criminal charges.

Wilkerson says his office won’t handle the case because one of his assistant county attorneys is listed as a witness in the Bylkas criminal case.

He also mentions Bylkas' civil suit against RCPD officers and the Riley County Law Board, of which Wilkerson is a member.

Because of those conflicts, a special prosecutor will decide whether the Attorney General’s evidence will result in prosecution.

Wilkerson would not name the special prosecutor who is now reviewing the Attorney General’s reports on Bylkas. He also could not provide a timeline as to when the unidentified special prosecutor will be finished looking at the case.

Bylkas’ attorney in the civil suit, Lyle Gregory, says the former detective will continue to fight to vindicate himself. Bylkas is seeking compensation for the loss of his job and reputation. A scheduling conference is set for February 1, 2012 to set further proceedings.

Bylkas' attorney in the criminal case, John Ambrosio, is out of the office until next week and could not be reached for comment.

The Riley County Police Department declined to release Mark Bylkas' formal photo taken by the agency when he was an employee.


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