Jonathan Gardner

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Service Record

Agency Lawrence Kansas Police Department
Rank Officer
Dates of Service June 4, 2013 - November 29, 2021.[1]
Salary $81,182 (2020)[2]
Last Known Status Terminated[1]


2014 Commendation Award

On November 13, 2014, Gardner received a Commendation Award from the Lawrence Police Department.[3]

Incident Reports

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2017 On Duty Rape

On January 1, 2017, Gardner allegedly raped a woman while he was on duty.[4]

On November 1, 2021, the victim reported the incident to the Lawrence Police Department.[4]

Response Timeline

On November 1, 2021, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation was asked to investigate and Gardner was placed on administrative leave.[1]

On November 29, 2021, Gardner was fired.[1]

On March 4, 2022, Gardner was arrested on 25 charges, including a level-1 felony count of rape. The charges allege that Gardner had sex with a 20-year-old who was unable to consent because she was intoxicated or overcome by force or fear.[1]

An additional 12 counts of unlawful acts concerning computers and 12 counts of official misconduct stem from unauthorized searches of police databases between 2017 and 2020.[4][5]

On September 14, 2022, it was announced that Gardner would face a jury trial after a mediated attempt on a plea agreement failed.[6]

LEO Ratings

Training and Tactics rating: neutral
Protect & Serve rating: bad
Individual Rights rating: bad
Accountability and Integrity rating: bad
Off Duty rating: neutral
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