WYANDOTTE COUNTY, KS (KCTV) – A Wyandotte County deputy was booked into jail midday Tuesday on charges of rape and sexual exploitation of a child.
Michael Mastel,52, is charged with raping someone under the age of 14. Prosecutors said the criminal actions were all involving a single victim.
Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office District Attorney Mark Dupree said the incidents happened at least three times from December 2011 and between March and June of last year. The victim came forward to tell what happened and authorities got involved.
“The defendant is alleged to have committed these acts with a child he knew and interacted with not in the course of his work with the sheriff’s office,” Dupree said.
Mastel began working for the sheriff’s office in August of 2008 and is now on administrative leave without pay.
“I’m disappointed. I’m angry by the nature of charges and the alleged behavior that being said we still have to show up every day and do our job we still have to continue to move forward,” Don Ash, Wyandotte County Sheriff, said.
Mastel faces five counts in total, rape, aggravated criminal sodomy and three counts of felony sexual exploitation of a child.
The Kansas City Kansas Police Department handled the initial investigation after the allegations against Mastel were reported to the sheriff’s office.
Dupree said one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before they are 18. His message to parents is to believe your children.
“If we take nothing else away from this, I hope that the community takes away that if you hear something, if you see something, one, believe your child and two, say something about it,” Dupree said.
Mastel is being kept in the Wyandotte County Jail with prosecutors asking for a $250,000 bond.