SALISBURY, Md.- Maryland State Police have arrested a former Wicomico County Sheriff's deputy on child abuse charges.
Troopers said 44-year-old Kendall Elmer West of Salisbury was charged with fourth-degree sex offense and second degree assault, among other charges. Authorities said the investigation began last week after state police received a request from the Sheriff's Office. At the time of the alleged incident, West was employed as a deputy of the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office.
According to state police, investigators learned the victim had allegedly become acquainted with West about 13 years ago. Investigators said further information revealed the relationship consisted of several sexually-oriented incidents in various locations throughout Maryland. Police also learned the victim was a 15-year-old student attending a high school in Salisbury at the time of the alleged incidents.
On Dec. 10, West was indicted by a Wicomico County Grand Jury on the aforementioned charges. He is currently being held at the Wicomico County Detention Center on a $100,000 bond.
Police believe there are no other victims, but they urge anyone who may have information to contact state police investigators at (443) 783-0444.
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