By Craig Andres
WICHITA - Bond is now set at half a million dollars for the Sedgwick County jail deputy accused of sex crimes.
Two weeks ago, lawyers say an inmate in the Sedgwick County jail claimed that he was handcuffed by a jailer, 21-year-old David Kendall. Lawyers say that inmate claimed he was raped.
On Tuesday, Judge Warren Wilbert set bond at half a million dollars for Kendall at a first appearance.
Judge Wilbert also said there could be up to six potential victims in the case.
Lawyers for Kendall asked for bond to be reduced. Judge Wilbert said no.
"Bonds are also set for public safety concerns and to keep people in detention that could be a public safety concern. These are very serious charges. So your motion is denied," said Wilbert in court.
Kendall's lawyers were asking for bond to be reduced to $100,000 saying their client was not a flight risk, and he would gladly show up in court.
"I think given the nature of the allegations and the (potential) number of victims involved and the position held by the defendant that stem around the allegations and him being a detention deputy, and these alleged victims had no opportunity for freedom to remove themselves from the situation, I think a $500,000 bond is appropriate," said Wilbert.
Kendall was mostly quiet in court when the charges were read against him.
Kendall will be back in court July 10 at 9 a.m.