Allegations of sexual assault, harassment up at Kansas jail

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Claims of sexual assault and harassment at the Sedgwick County jail are up for the second year in a row.

The Wichita Eagle reports that the number of allegations substantiated after internal investigations remained unchanged at four each of the past two years.

Data filed with federal authorities shows 37 allegations of inappropriate sexual misconduct, harassment or contact last year. That compares with 30 such claims in 2013.

The sheriff’s office tracks the data as part of its compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act. The act is a 2003 federal law aimed at identifying and eliminating sexual violence in America’s prisons.

Capt. Jared Schechter says incidents of sexual assault are reported to the district attorney’s office if substantiated.



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