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Wyandotte County sheriff’s deputy fired, facing allegations of misconduct, forgery and theft

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- The Wyandotte County district attorney filed four felony charges against a now-former sheriff's deputy on Thursday. Jay Pennington has been charged with official misconduct, making false information, forgery and theft.

Pennington, 38, was a deputy with Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office and a team leader for the Offender Registration Unit when he allegedly committed the crimes.  He was fired and subsequently arrested. He was released from jail on Thursday after posting $20,000 bond.

Sources tell FOX 4 that the charges against him stem from theft of county money. Allegedly, offenders would come in to pay fines and registry costs, and Pennington is accused of stealing the money instead of giving it to the county.

There will be a news conference on Friday morning at 9:30 where both District Attorney Mark Dupree and Sheriff Don Ash will reveal more about the charges against Pennington.