Democratic lawmakers: Corrections officials blew inquiry

February 16, 2018

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers say a Kansas agency didn’t adequately investigate allegations that the superintendent of the state’s juvenile corrections complex grabbed and shoved a female worker.

The Wichita Eagle reports that Democratic Rep. John Alcala, of Topeka, says Kansas Department of Corrections Secretary Joe Norwood told him witnesses weren’t interviewed during the investigation into Kyle Rohr. He’s been issued a citation on a charge of battery.

The corrections department announced Thursday that Rohr is reassigned to the central office until his criminal case is resolved. Alcala is among more than a dozen Democratic lawmakers calling for Rohr’s firing.

KDOC spokeswoman Liz Rice says the agency conducted an investigation in December when the allegation was made but that the inquiry can’t be discussed because it’s a “personnel matter.”


Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

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