A 52-year-old Wyandotte County Sheriff’s deputy has been charged with sexual crimes involving a victim under 14.

District Attorney Mark Dupree said Wednesday that Michael Mastel is charged with three counts of sexual exploitation of a child and one count each of rape and aggravated criminal sodomy.

Dupree says the investigation began last year when the child came forward.  He says Mastel knew the child but not through his work as a deputy.

Sheriff Donald Ash said Mastel is on leave without pay.  Mastel has worked at the sheriff’s office since 2010.

The sodomy is alleged to have occurred in 2011 or 2012.  The rape and the sexual exploitation allegedly occurred between March and June of 2018.

It wasn’t immediately clear if Mastel has an attorney.

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