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Attorney general won’t file charges against ex-sheriff

July 26, 2011


— A former Jackson County sheriff will not face criminal charges after being accused of misconduct by an inmate at the county jail.

A spokesman for Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Monday that no charges will be filed against Charlie Cornell, who resigned as sheriff in May. He said the Kansas Bureau of Investigation did not find evidence warranting charges.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the female prisoner alleged that Cornell forced her to take part in sexual acts at the county jail and other locations.

Cornell had predicted that he would not be charged.

Before his resignation, the county spent at least $100,000 to settle claims in a half-dozen lawsuits or notices of legal claims that claimed the sheriff created a hostile work environment.


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