KCK police officer charged with sexual battery of civilian employee while on duty

A Kansas City Kan., police officer has been accused of touching an unwilling civilian employee who worked with him.

Steven Rios has been charged with sexual battery, a misdemeanor, the Wyandotte County District Attorney's office announced Tuesday. An investigation into the incident began in March.

Rios has worked for KCKPD for more than a decade, according to Wyandotte District Attorney Mark Dupree.

He allegedly touched the woman in the workplace while he was on duty, Dupree said.

Rios was once a bodyguard for former Unified Government Mayor Mark Holland.

"It's 2018, and it's time for discrimination, disrespect and sexual violence against women in the workplace and in this community to stop," Dupree said.

He commended the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department for sending a message to the community that "this type of behavior will not be tolerated."

Dupree also pleaded with all sexual assault victims to report crimes to police.

"I think it's important that I acknowledge major hindrances that some women encounter when exposing sexual harassment: the threat of retaliation, stifling of one's career goals, being treated differently," he said. "As such I submit to every woman who can hear me. Do not allow fear to stop you from reporting these crimes."

Rios faces up to six months in the county jail and up to a $1,000 fine. He also must register as a sex offender for 15 years, Dupree said.