A former Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office deputy is charged with using his position as a school resource officer to allegedly sexually abuse a student.
Kendall Elmer West, 44, Salisbury was indicted by a Wicomico County grand jury this week for second-degree assault and fourth-degree sex offense — just days after he quit his job of 13 years.
According to court documents, the pedophile cop met the victim when she was 15-years-old through his position at Parkside High School.
“Victim #1 advised me that she had seen West everyday and he began to stark joking and ‘flirting’ around,” wrote Trooper First Class Clark in charging documents. “The comments made consisted of ‘nice (behind)’ and ‘What color thong are you wearing?’ Victim #1 further stated he started to ‘grab her butt’ and ‘stroke her inner thigh… ’ on a regular basis when nobody was looking.”
When the victim turned 16 and received her driver’s license, she would meet West at the Winterplace Park “call center” where she would reportedly engage in sexual activities in his patrol vehicle, according to court documents.
The abuse would later progress with the two having “sexual intercourse” at West’s then home in Parsonsburg.
State law enforcement launched an investigation into the allegations last week at the request of the Sheriff’s Office, but Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis did not wish to comment further on the matter when reached Thursday.
According to a Maryland State Law Enforcement interview with the victim, the perverted abuse took place between June 1999 and June 2002.
Two years after the period of abuse, in 2004, a Daily Times article lists West as a detective with the Child Advocacy Center. At the time he was investigating a teaching assistant who engaged in various sex acts with students between 12 and 16 years old.
The Child Advocacy Center is a multi-agency organization that investigates and prosecutes crimes against children as well as providing support services for victims.