New law: Kansas cops can't have sex during traffic stops
Wichita, Kansas
   
 
More Today's News:
ߦ   Body of Missing Female discovered in field, Investigation On-going
ߦ   Gang member gets 45 years for fatal head-on crash
ߦ   Jury selection process begins for ex-cop charged with murder
ߦ   Jury Sentences Man To 4 Years For Assaulting Police Officer
ߦ   Missing Swimmer’s Body Found in Peach Creek
ߦ   Reward Increased to $10,000 for Most Wanted Sex Offender from North Texas
ߦ   San Antonio police escort daughter of fallen officer to graduation
ߦ   Texas Municipal Police Association PAC Endorses Governor Greg Abbott For Re-election
ߦ   Texas police dress up as superheroes, surprise kids at children's hospital
ߦ   Trespassers cause damage at construction site
ߦ   Woman accuses fiance, a police officer, of assault
ߦ   Deputies Tase Shoplifter In Target Parking Lot
ߦ   2018 Texas CPAAA and Law Enforcement Training Convention
ߦ   CAT team on the prowl for contraband at Bexar County jail
ߦ   Coast Guard medevacs mariner near Cameron, Louisiana
ߦ   COLD CASE FILES: Mysterious unsolved deaths in the Houston area
ߦ   Drunk Driver Crashes Into Constables Patrol Car
ߦ   Federal appeals panel: LRADs can be considered excessive force
ߦ   Fla. man killed, officer wounded while exchanging gunfire
ߦ   Galveston County Commissioners Court Agenda - June 18
ߦ   Government regulations target kids and their lemonade stands
ߦ   Houston police officer buys groceries for man targeted by thief at Walmart
ߦ   Mexican Citizen Sentenced to 235 Months in Federal Prison For His Role in a Methamphetamine Distribution Conspiracy
ߦ   Neighbors describe chaotic scene after more than 50 immigrants found in truck
ߦ   Not All Heroes Wear Capes
ߦ   Police union outraged over SC high school’s summer reading list
ߦ   Search underway for escaped inmate who vanished from Memorial Hermann Hospital in The Woodlands
ߦ   Texas City Police Chief Announces Retirement
ߦ   Texas Military Bases Possible Tent Cities for Immigrant Children
ߦ   Forensic team reveals new details in investigation of severed head found in trash bag at Lake Houston
ߦ   Investigation into Male Found Deceased at 1831 West 23rd Street
ߦ   Person of interest named in case of missing Bexar County 15-year-old
ߦ   “Affluenza Mom” Back In Jail
ߦ   Bar Shooting
ߦ   Burglars Draw Guns, So Homeowner Grabs AK-47 And Starts Making Human Sprinklers

 
Search Archives:

A new Kansas law makes it illegal for police to have sex with people they have in custody.

WICHITA, Kan. - A new Kansas law makes it a crime for police to have sex with people they pull over for traffic violations or detain in criminal investigations.

The new law bans sexual relations "during the course of a traffic stop, a custodial interrogation, an interview in connection with an investigation, or while the law enforcement officer has such person detained."

Now, you may be asking, wasn't that illegal already?

Kansas was one of 33 states where consensual sex between police and people in their custody wasn't a crime.

That came as a surprise to members of the House Judiciary Committee, who got the new law passed in a bundled bill with several other law-enforcement measures. Gov. Jeff Colyer signed it into law Thursday.

Rep. Cindy Holscher, D-Olathe, introduced the bill.

She said it spun off the case of Lamonte Murray, a Kansas City, Kan., man released last year after spending 23 years in prison for a double murder he didn't commit.

The investigation in that case led to multiple affidavits alleging that the detective who made the arrest, Roger Golubski, had a long history of coercing sex from women in Kansas City's black community by threatening to arrest them or their relatives if they didn't comply.

Holscher said she was also moved by a case in New York where a teenager claimed she had been raped by two police officers in the back of their van, but no charges were filed because the officers claimed the sex was consensual and therefore legal.

Kansas law previously said "there shouldn't be sexual relations between police and persons in jail, but it didn't say anything about if they had been stopped on the streets or were in their custody," Holscher said.

"This helps the person who was detained in their neighborhood or stopped for a ticket, that type of thing," she said.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle embraced the change, saying it was long overdue.

"Those of us who have been there for a few years thought it was something that had already been taken care of in the law," said Rep. John Carmichael, D-Wichita, an attorney and member of the Judiciary Committee.

He credited Holscher, who took office last year, for bringing a new perspective that uncovered the loophole.

"She called me about this. I said, 'You mean it's not against the law?' She said, 'No, it's not,'" Carmichael said. "I checked with the revisor (of statutes) and it was not specifically against the law in Kansas."

Getting away with sex on the job would be a lot harder for police officers now, because most stops are recorded on body cameras, said Rep. John Whitmer, R-Wichita, and also a member of the Judiciary Committee.

But he said it could happen and it's good to have a law in place if it does.

"Most officers are great guys and women who are working hard, but there's always the one," he said.

Visit The Wichita Eagle (Wichita, Kan.) at www.kansas.com

Post a comment
Name/Nickname:
(required)
Email Address: (must be a valid address)
(will not be published or shared)
Comments: (plain text only)
Printer Friendly Format  Printer Friendly Format    Send to a Friend  Send to a Friend    RSS Feed  RSS Feed
  Facebook   Share link on Twitter Tweet  
© 1999-2018 The Police News. All rights reserved.