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Wichita Police Captain Charged In Youth Sports Confrontation

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A Wichita Police captain has been charged with battery and disorderly conduct for a confrontation that occurred during a recent youth basketball game in Augusta.

Kevin Mears is accused of pushing a teenage female referee out of the way as he rushed to a player on the court.

Mears was off-duty at the time of the Jan. 13 incident. He is currently on unpaid leave from the Wichita Police Department pending the outcome of criminal proceedings and an internal review.

Augusta Prosecutor Benjamin Winters says the Augusta Department of Public Safety’s investigation included numerous witness statements and video evidence.

Winters released a statement Monday announcing the charges. Both are misdemeanors.

The game involved fifth- and sixth-grade students.

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