- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 29, 2020

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) - Authorities in suburban Kansas City say a Clay County Jail deputy has been placed on leave after being accused of sexually assaulting a man being held on charges in the jail.

The inmate was taken to a hospital Saturday after accusing the deputy of rape, the Kansas City Star reported Wednesday. He was later returned to the jail, where he’s being held in a restricted area, according to Clay County Sheriff’s spokesman, Capt. Will Akin.

An investigation into the allegations has been launched, Akin said, and the alleged victim will be moved to another jail while he awaits trial on burglary and first-degree sexual abuse charges. Prosecutors in his case say the man unlawfully entering a Kansas City apartment in December 2014 and forcibly subjected a woman to sexual contact. He has pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to appear in court May 14.

“We hold our employees to the highest standards and take all accusations of misconduct seriously,” Akin said.

Akin declined to release the accused deputy’s name, but said the deputy has been employed by the sheriff’s office for more than a year. The Associated Press generally does not name people who say they’ve been sexually assaulted.

The family of the inmate told the newspaper that it has hired an attorney.

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