Feb 13, 2020 2:05 AM

Kan. court date set for city administrator facing sexual battery charge

Posted Feb 13, 2020 2:05 AM
Charles Hefton photo Butler County
Charles Hefton photo Butler County

BUTLER COUNTY — Law enforcement authorities are investigating a case of alleged sexual battery involving a city administrator in Kansas.

 Charles Hefton, 49, the city administrator of the small rural Butler County community of Benton is due in court February 26 on requested charges of sexual battery, according to the Butler County attorney's office.

A couple of months ago, a part time employee who works for the city reported inappropriate touching involving Hefton to the police chief, according to Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet. 

The police chief asked the sheriff's department to take over the investigation. After forwarding  the results of the investigation to the county attorney, a warrant was issued and deputies arrested Hefton Monday. 

He bonded out of jail and is on leave from his responsibilities with the city. Hefton was chief of police for the city and has been in the community for a number of years, according to Herzet.

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Ex-Kan. prison lab instructor wants sex crime conviction thrown out
Tomas Co photo Texas County

TOPEKA, KAN. (AP) — A former prison dental instructor who was found guilty earlier this month of one count of unlawful sexual relations with an inmate is asking a judge to throw out the conviction.

Tomas Co was convicted on one charge and found not guilty of five other charges alleging he abused female inmates working in the dental lab at the Topeka Correctional Facility.

The conviction was for a woman who said Co touched the inside of her knee and thigh.

In a motion filed Friday, Co's attorney, Chris Joseph, argued that type of touching doesn’t constitute “lewd” touching under state law. The motion also asks Shawnee County District Court Judge Cheryl Rios to acquit Co based on insufficient evidence, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported.

Joseph said he also plans to seek probation for Co, rather than the 31 to 136 months of prison time he is facing.

District Attorney Mike Kagay said his office would file arguments in response to the defense motion.

Inmates in the dental lab complained for five years about alleged sexual harassment and unwanted touching by Co, who was dismissed in December 2018.