||Former cop pleads not guilty
By Chris Strunk
Last Updated: August 31, 2017
Thomas Delgado, a former Valley Center police sergeant accused of using his position to carry on inappropriate relationships with underage girls, pleaded not guilty this week.
Delgado appeared with his attorney, Pat Mitchell, in Sedgwick County District Court Judge Kevin O'Connor's fifth-floor courtroom for a brief hearing Aug. 29. Delgado waived his right to a preliminary hearing and entered a plea of not guilty to all charges against him.
Delgado was granted a jury trial. It was set for Nov. 6.
In a complaint filed May 26, the Sedgwick County District Attorney's Office charged Delgado with sexual exploitation of a child (the case's only felony), sexual battery, attempted sexual battery, three counts of harassment by telephone and official misconduct, using his position to obtain confidential information for personal gain.
Delgado was arrested in December 2016 after the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office received a complaint involving two teenage girls who lived in Valley Center.
Delgado has been out of jail on bond.
According to probable cause documents, the case involves four victims.
Authorities said the incidents started in February 2015, nearly a year after Delgado was hired in Valley Center. Delgado resigned after his 2016 arrest.
Delgado is accused of sending sexually explicit text messages, touching the victims in a sexual way and possessing inappropriate pictures of underage girls. Some of the incidents are alleged to have occurred while Delgado was on duty.