Wyandotte County official guilty of battery against employee, resigns

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A Wyandotte County government official has resigned after being found guilty of misdemeanor battery against a female employee.

A jury on Tuesday convicted Dennis Laughlin of grabbing Maddie Waldeck in May 2018 and pushing her against a wall during what had been a “light-hearted” conversation with colleagues after work.

He resigned Tuesday after the jury verdict.

KCUR reports Laughlin was General Services Director for the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas. He was Waldeck’s boss.

Laughlin faces up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. He will be sentenced in late August.

The Unified Government said in a statement that an earlier investigation came to a different conclusion than the jury.

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