Wichita Police Officer charged for helping woman avoid arrest

(Source: Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office)

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) July 18, 2019

A Wichita Police Officer accused of helping a woman avoid arrest back in May made his first appearance in court on Thursday.

Matthew Powell is charged with three misdemeanors: one count of obstructing apprehension of prosecution and two counts of official misconduct.

The Wichita Police Department says Powell is on unpaid administrative leave pending the outcome of his trial.

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June 26, 2019

A Wichita Police Department officer faces charges on three misdemeanor counts in connection with a May incident in which he's accused of helping a woman avoid arrest.

WPD says Officer Matthew Powell is charged with one count of obstructing apprehension of prosecution and two counts of official misconduct.

"The charges stem from an incident in early May when WPD supervision learned of Powell allegedly assisting an adult female to avoid being located by police for her outstanding warrant," the department says.

The WPD says Powell has been employed with the department for seven years. He was placed on administrative leave Wednesday.

The WPD says it requested the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office investigate the case "to ensure transparency and avoid conflicts of interest."