A Nebraska sheriff was found guilty of official misconduct for refusing to accept a man into his jail who was wanted out of South Dakota for kidnapping and sexual assault. Dawes County Sheriff Karl Dailey was convicted of the misdemeanor charge following a two-day bench trial in January. Judge Randin Roland issued his written ruling Wednesday.
The events unfolded in July 2019 after a woman who had been dropped off at a hospital in Chadron, Nebraska, reported her boyfriend had beaten and raped her at a motel in Crawford, Nebraska. Authorities in Rapid City, South Dakota had sent out an alert earlier that month listing her as missing.
Chadron police notified the Nebraska State Patrol and Dawes County Sheriff’s Office for assistance, but did not immediately notify the sheriff himself. While a trooper was at the motel, the sheriff arrived and advised the trooper that the Dawes County Sheriff’s Department would not be booking Nebraska State Patrol prisoners into its jail. The judge was unconvinced by the sheriff’s claim at trial that he did not accept the suspect at the jail due to his medical condition or high-risk status, saying the evidence regarding the sheriff’s actions proves otherwise. A sentencing date has not been set.