2016 News Releases

AG files criminal charges against Shawnee County sheriff’s detective Erin Thompson

Release Date: May 24, 2016

TOPEKA– (May 24, 2016) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today filed formal criminal charges against Shawnee County sheriff’s detective Erin Thompson.

Schmidt filed three counts of perjury against Thompson in Shawnee County District Court. The charges are related to alleged crimes that occurred between August 2014 and May 2015. The Kansas Attorney General’s Office is prosecuting the case against Thompson at the request of the Shawnee County District Attorney’s Office.

Any public comments on the prosecution of Thompson are governed by the Kansas Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 3.6, Trial Publicity, and Rule 3.8, Special Responsibilities of a Prosecutor. All media requests or inquiries should be directed to the Office of the Attorney General, 120 S.W. 10th, 2nd Floor, Topeka, Kansas 66612, (785) 296-6115.

A copy of the complaint can be found here: http://1.usa.gov/1XSg3P2 .

Criminal charges are merely accusations.  Defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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