KBI arrests Ness County sheriff in connection with charges of perjury, official misconduct

Sheriff Bryan Whipple, 47, of Ness City, was taken into custody shortly before noon on charges of perjury, making false information, criminal distribution of firearms to a felon and official misconduct. (Ness County Sheriff’s Office)

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation concluded an investigation of misconduct Thursday by arresting the Ness County sheriff.

 

Sheriff Bryan Whipple, 47, of Ness City, was taken into custody shortly before noon on charges of perjury, making false information, criminal distribution of firearms to a felon and official misconduct.

The alleged crimes are suspected to have occurred during the past four years, the KBI said in a statement.

Whipple made an initial appearance in Rush County District Court shortly after his arrest. Ness County Attorney Kevin Salzman is expected to prosecute the case. The county prosecutor requested the KBI investigate allegations against the sheriff.

The KBI’s statement said no more information about the alleged misconduct would be released at this time other than to say the “investigation is ongoing.”

In 2008, Whipple gained national notoriety when he responded to a residence in Ness City where a 35-year-old woman had become stuck to a toilet seat after sitting in the bathroom for a long period of time. The sheriff said at that time the woman’s skin had attached itself to the seat.

Whipple said the woman was “somewhat disoriented” and initially declined assistance at the scene. Emergency medical responders took her to a Wichita hospital, the sheriff said, because attempts to separate the seat from her with a prybar failed.

 

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