Former Harper County sheriff’s deputy facing felony charge, in court this week

Mugshot for former Harper County sheriff's deputy Douglas Asper
Mugshot for former Harper County sheriff's deputy Douglas Asper(Harper County Sheriff's Office)
Published: May. 23, 2023 at 11:07 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Facing a felony charge, a former Harper County sheriff’s deputy is set to appear in court this week. A special prosecutor filed the complaint last year, but Douglas Asper on Friday is set to appear for a plea hearing.

The complaint filed against Asper accuses him of aggravated sexual battery stemming from a 2021 incident in Anthony. The complaint accuses Asper of forcibly touching a woman in a sexual manner without consent.

12 News reached out to the Harper County sheriff and the county attorney about the incident.

The sheriff confirmed Asper was employed as a part-time sheriff’s deputy when the incident happened. The sheriff said when the department learned of the allegation, Asper faced a suspension and was later fired from the sheriff’s office. Additionally, the sheriff said, no incident that led to the discipline happened while Asper was on duty as a deputy.

The Harper County attorney also confirmed that the Anthony Police Department initially reported the case that then went to the KBI due to Asper’s work as a deputy.