Wichita police officer accused of raping woman

Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay and Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter discuss Monday the arrest of a Wichita police officer during the Wichita Police Department’s regular weekday news briefing with reporters. (Feb. 13, 2017)

A Wichita police officer is in jail after an acquaintance accused him of raping her.

Marlon T. Woolcock, 31, was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail at 11:52 p.m. Sunday on suspicion of one count of rape. As of Monday he had not been formally charged by prosecutors with any crime.

Woolcock worked as a patrol officer in the Wichita Police Department’s North Bureau, spokeswoman Sgt. Nikki Woodrow said in an e-mail. Before that, he was a detention deputy at the Sedgwick County Jail, according to The Eagle’s salary database records.

Since his arrest, he has been placed on paid administrative leave and “his police powers have been suspended,” Police Chief Gordon Ramsay said Monday.

Woolcock joined the force in 2011 and was off duty when the alleged rape occurred, Ramsay said. Woolcock knows the woman assaulted, but Ramsay did not give specifics about their relationship. She is 31.

“We have the highest standards of conduct, and I was extremely disappointed to learn about this incident,” Ramsay said. “Unfortunately policing is sadly unique in that when one officer engages in misconduct it reflects poorly on the entire profession.”

Announcement of Woolcock’s arrest came Monday morning during the Wichita Police Department’s regular weekday news briefing with reporters. Ramsay said his agency turned over investigative duties to the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office because the allegations involved a police officer.

“The incident was reported to the Wichita Police Department, who, in order to avoid any conflicts, requested that the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office investigate,” Ramsay said.

Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter said the woman went to a Wichita hospital shortly before 11 a.m. Sunday and told staff there that she had been raped. Staff conducted a sexual assault exam and reported the rape to law enforcement, who discovered the suspect was a Wichita police officer, Easter said.

The sexual assault occurred at a home in the 1300 block of North Ohio. Voter records show Woolcock lives at an address on that block.

“After conducting interviews and search warrants it was determined that probable cause existed to believe that a crime had occurred,” Easter said.

Woolcock was later booked in connection with the accusations.

He was being held in the jail’s clinic Monday afternoon. His bond amount was listed as $75,000, according to an online roster of inmates.

Sheriff’s investigators plan to present their case against Woolcock to prosecutors, who will decide what criminal charges he might face, on Tuesday afternoon, said Dan Dillon, spokesman for the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office.

Before joining the Wichita Police Department, Woolcock worked as a detention deputy for one year, Sedgwick County Lt. Lin Dehning said in an e-mailed response to questions. He left in Sept. 27, 2011, Dehning said.

Woolcock’s hire date at the Wichita Police Department is Oct. 10, 2011, Woodrow said.

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