By JESSICA CRAWFORD
• Daily Leader
Ray Petty, former security director of Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, applied for diversion during his pretrial hearing Thursday morning. Petty faces charges of allegedly eavesdropping and obstructing legal process.
Petty was arrested on the evening of Sept. 4, according to a press release from the Liberal Police Department.
“On Sept. 4 at about 11 p.m., officers were called to the 600 block of North Clay Avenue for a report of a prowler in the area,” the release noted. “A 36-year-old male reported a man was in his back yard. Responding officers located a suspect leaving the vicinity of the call. The suspect was apprehended after a short foot pursuit through yards in the immediate area. He was arrested without incident.”
The release added the man, later identified as Ray Petty, was booked into Seward County Jail on suspicion of eavesdropping and obstructing legal process.
City prosecutor Shirla McQueen said Petty has applied for diversion in the case. McQueen explained the charges of eavesdropping is technically listed as an ordinance violation. In municiple court, she said, such a conviction is interchangeable with a misdemeanor charge in county court.
“Ray is going to apply for diversion,” #McQueen said. “Whether or not he is accepted into the diversion program, or is eligible, I am just going to need to see the application and look at all other factors. Additionally, I will be sending out victim’s notice to the alleged victim. So, I imagine, this is something that we will know how it will be resolved in three to four weeks.”