Anonymous letter alleges sexual misconduct, domestic violence at KHP
An anonymous letter details allegations of unchecked sexual misconduct and an unpunished domestic violence report, both involving high-ranking members of the Kansas Highway Patrol.
13 NEWS obtained a copy of the letter Thursday, the same day Gov. Laura Kelly announced the abrupt departures of KHP Superintendent Col. Mark Bruce and his assistant superintendent, Lt. Col. Randy Moon. The governor has named current Shawnee Co. Sheriff Herman Jones as KHP's new leader.
The letter questions why KHP leaders let the alleged behavior continue.
“I do not know of another state agency that would allow employees to have sex at work and not terminate them, and theoretically, the KHP should be the most morally upstanding of all," the letter states.
Among the allegations, the letter details a report of domestic violence involving an officer. According to the letter, the officer's girlfriend suffered a broken arm in December during a weekend trip to Excelsior Springs, Mo. According to the letter, the woman "initially told responding officers that her boyfriend had shoved her into a wall during a fight while they were both badly intoxicated." The letter states the man left before officers arrived, and the woman later recanted her claims.
The Topeka Capital Journal identified Moon using open records provided by Excelsior Springs Police.
An open records request to the Excelsior Springs, Missouri, Police Dept. revealed an incident at The Elms Resort, in which woman was found in a hotel room suffering from arm and foot pain. While her name and the suspect’s names were redacted from the report, the request was made for records pertaining to Moon.”
In one instance, it accuses Col. Bruce of trying to cover up misconduct in the KHP.
“The information in this email comes from a variety of sources, the center piece of which is an email that was sent to several people, including multiple members of the Kansas Highway Patrol’s command staff, in the middle of January, 2019,” the letter stated. The anonymous writer also says they provided information to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and State Troopers Union.
13 NEWS asked the KBI if it was investigating KHP, but has not yet received a response.
Gov. Laura Kelly's office confirmed the letter was sent to their office, but could not provide any details.