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Kansas (Finally) Outlaws Sex Between Cops and Detained Citizens

A new Kansas law makes it illegal for cops to have sex with people they pull over or detain for investigation. If you are one of the many who naturally thought this was already illegal, you are in good company: Kansas legislators thought so, too.

“Those of us who have been there for a few years thought it was something that had already been taken care of in law,” said Rep. John Carmichael (D-Wichita).

Prior to Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer signing the new bill into law, it was legal for Kansas police to have “consensual” sex with detainees, including citizens pulled over for traffic violations. Kansas was not alone. According to the Kansas City Star, 32 other states still allow “consensual” sex between cops and detainees.

Rep. Cindy Holscher (D-Olathe) introduced the bill, which 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.”

Holscher said the bill was inspired by affidavits surfacing in the wrongful conviction investigation of Lamonte McIntyre. The detective who arrested McIntyre, Roger Golubski, apparently had a history of demanding sex from detainees, in exchange for not arresting them.

Rep. John Whitmer (R-Wichita) said the combination of the new law and body cameras will keep the bad apples from getting away with sex on the job. “Most officers are great guys and women who are working hard, but there’s always the one,” he said.

If you follow policing issues, you know the number is a whole lot more than one, but the point he’s attempting to make is otherwise clear. 


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