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Affidavit alleges former WPD detective sexually harassed co-worker

May 25, 2019 - 12:49 am
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The probable cause affidavit for Rick Craig, WPD detective charged with battery against a co-worker reveals he faces accusations of sexual harassment. 

Craig, a detective for the Wichita Police Department at the time of the alleged incident, appeared in court with his attorney Friday on the misdemeanor charge of battery. A not-guilty plea was entered on Craig's behalf. 

He has not been employed by the WPD since April 12, 2019. 

The probable cause affidavit lays out the evidence that led the Sedgwick County District Attorney to charge Craig with battery. It says that the alleged victim was a civilian employee working with Craig in the Training Bureau. 

The affidavit says that the alleged incident happened in June of 2018. Craig entered the office where the victim was working, covered her mouth with his hand, then tilted her chair with his ther hand and kissed the back of the hand covering her mouth for several seconds. 

Embarassed and humiliated, the employee gave a written report of the incident on March 5, 2019. 

The Wichita police department released a statement regarding the case:

 

Wichita Police Department (WPD) Detective Rick Craig has been charged with one count of misdemeanor battery by the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office.

Craig was placed on unpaid administrative leave Wednesday pending the outcome of criminal proceedings and an internal review.

The charges stem from a previous incident between himself and a coworker while on duty. No physical injuries occurred.

The WPD will review the incident to determine if department policies were violated after the completion of the criminal proceedings.

The WPD requested that the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office investigate the incident based on a mutual investigation agreement to ensure transparency and avoid conflicts of interest.

WPD officials received confirmation of the charges Wednesday.

The WPD cannot provide further comment at this time.

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