Jury verdict split on Kansas City police officer accused of corruption

A jury convicted a suspended Kansas City police officer Friday of one corruption charge but found him not guilty of four other charges involving corruption and sex-related accusations.

Two women had accused Jeffrey Holmes of coming to their Kansas City hotel rooms in uniform in 2012, indicating he was going to arrest them for prostitution, but having sex with each of them instead.

One woman testified that Holmes told her she was being busted and then put his arm around her and said he didn’t have any money. The implication was clear, the woman said, that Holmes “wanted sex without paying.”

He had been charged with two counts of acceding to corruption by a public servant, two counts of sexual assault and one count of deviate sexual assault.

He has been on unpaid suspension from the department.

Later Friday night, the jury recommended that Holmes be sentenced to 15 days in the county jail and pay an undetermined fine.

Jackson County Circuit Judge David Byrn will sentence him later.

Defense attorney Kevin Regan had criticized the evidence presented against his client.

“You cannot send a police officer to the big house in Jefferson City with evidence like this,” Regan said. “The evidence is horribly insufficient.”

Assistant Jackson County prosecutor Trisha Lacey said that while Holmes had represented himself as a member of a police task force investigating prostitution, he was not working with vice officers on such an investigation in 2012.

“The man expects you to believe that he was gathering information, but there was no investigation,” Lacey told jurors.