KBI Arrests Former Clay County Undersheriff

Harold Stellner, 55 of Clay Center, was Arrested Friday, February 9th for Mistreatment of a Confined Person, a Class A Misdemeanor
Harold Stellner, 55 of Clay Center, was Arrested Friday, February 9th for Mistreatment of a Confined Person, a Class A Misdemeanor

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) arrested a former Kansas undersheriff.

On Friday, February 9th at approximately 4:10 pm, KBI agents arrested Harold Stellner, 55 of Clay Center, when he turned himself in at the Clay County Jail at 539 Lincoln Ave. in Clay Center.  He was arrested for mistreatment of a confined person, a class A misdemeanor.

On October 4, 2023, the KBI initiated this investigation at the request of the Clay County Sheriff when he discovered evidence of an incident that took place on September 29th at the Clay County Jail.  During the incident it is believed Stellner unlawfully struck an inmate.  Shortly after, Stellner’s employment was terminated by the Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation is ongoing.  All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

The Kansas Attorney General’s Office is expected to prosecute the case.