I liked it there and left just because I felt it was the right time to enter the education world. That being said, I left behind a lot of people I thought were upstanding citizens.
I apparently judged one person wrong.
Inman Police Chief Mike Leland Akins Jr. was arrested a little before 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in his home. McPherson County sheriff’s deputies had to forcibly enter his home, according to McPherson County Sheriff Larry Powell. He has been charged with as many as 19 crimes.
The Wichita Eagle reported Akins is accused of abusing three girls and one boy, all under the age of 14, and the alleged crimes were reported to have happened between December 2008 and December 2009.
The Hutchinson News reported that “Akins is charged with one count of rape of a child, 12 counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child, two counts of aggravated indecent solicitation of a child, one count of indecent solicitation of a child, one count of lewd and lascivious behavior, and two counts of misdemeanor battery [. . .] Six of the charges fall under Jessica’s Law, mandating a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole for 25 years upon conviction, according to the (criminal) complaint (filed Tuesday night by the Kansas Attorney General’s Office).”
To see the complaint filed against Akins, click here for a PDF.
The Hutch News also reported that Wednesday morning the Inman City Council voted to suspend Akins without pay until the investigation was complete, at which time a final decision would be made based upon what the investigation determined. Police Officer Bob Herron has been appointed the acting chief.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Kansas Attorney General’s Office are handling the investigation.
According to The Eagle, a preliminary hearing for Akins is slated for 3 p.m. Jan. 15. A Salina judge will try the case because the McPherson judges know Akins.
When I first read about this Wednesday, I was appalled. I had liked working with Akins. He was always upfront and honest with me when I needed to interview him for stories I was working on.
I never would have guessed he was the type to perform actions disgraceful enough to get himself accused of being a child predator.
The most sicken part, as if just doing those perverted acts to child isn’t bad enough, is that he is accused of violating a young boy. It’s despicable.
Having this kind of news break, though, almost makes me wish I was still working there so I could cover it.
Instead, I will just have to watch from afar. I am very interested to see how this turns out, and if he is determined to be guilty, I hope he gets everything he deserves.