WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Sedgwick County authorities and two Wichita lawyers are investigating allegations that a county deputy raped a male inmate in his cell in early June.
Sheriff Robert Hinshaw confirmed a rape allegation is being investigated. He said the deputy has been reassigned to a job in which he has no contact with inmates.
The lawyers, Kurt Kerns and Mark Schoenhofer, say they plan to file a notice with the county. That's the first step toward a possible lawsuit alleging multiple civil rights violations and negligence.
Kerns says the inmate is a younger man who was jailed on a non-violent drug offense.
The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/MrraJs ) the rape allegation comes at a time when the jail has been sued in federal court over treatment of mentally ill inmates.