3 KCK Public Schools Police officers charged with crimes in last 2 years

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — On Thursday, a Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools police officer was charged with sex crimes against a child.

It's not the first time an officer with KCK schools has been arrested.

In January, James Baray and Chad Kleppin were sent to prison following a drug bust in 2016.

Baray and Kleppin were both police officers with the school district at the time.

Baray was arrested in Topeka for selling $60,000 worth of meth, according to court records. He was sentenced to more than eight years in prison.

Kleppin was charged for knowing about Baray's side job. He was sentenced to two and a half years in prison.

David Smith, a spokesman for KCKPS, said all officers must pass a background check before becoming employed by the school district. 

When asked about the ongoing issues with officers within the department, Smith said they're not related and that the safety of students is the district's top priority. 

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