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Charges filed against KCK police officer for alleged sexual battery

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- The Wyandotte County District Attorney's office announced Tuesday they filed charges against a KCK police officer for alleged sexual battery.

Prosecutors say Steven Rios inappropriately touched a woman who did not consent to the action on March 9. Rios was charged Monday with sexual battery, a Class A misdemeanor, in Wyandotte County.

District Attorney Mark Dupree held a news conference Tuesday afternoon to discuss the charges. Watch the conference in the video player above.

"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.

Dupree said the victim was an employee of the KCK Police Department and the alleged sexual battery happened in the workplace. Rios was on duty when the alleged incident occurred, Dupree said.

The KCK Police Department's internal affairs team investigated the report and turned over its findings to the Wyandotte County Attorney's Office for charging on May 15. Dupree said he did not know if Rios had been disciplined by the department in the past.

Rios held many positions with the KCK Police Department and was also once a bodyguard for former KCK mayor Mark Holland, Dupree said.

Dupree said, based on the evidence his office has, the alleged crime did not rise to the level of a felony.

If convicted, Rios' maximum sentencing would be six months in county jail, up to a $1,000 fine and being added to the sex offender registry for 15 years, the district attorney said.

Watch Dupree's full statements below: