Topeka High Drumline leader arrested for battery

Published: Oct. 28, 2021 at 9:41 AM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The director for the Topeka High Drumline is facing criminal charges after his arrest on Wednesday.

According to the Shawnee Co. Department of Corrections, Salvador Carlos Cruz was booked into custody at the Shawnee Co. Jail at 2:10 p.m. on Wednesday, October 27, 2021.

Cruz is facing one count of Battery; Physical contact in rude, insulting, angry manner.

Bond was set at $1,000, and according to the report a court date was scheduled for Dec. 8, 2021 at 9 a.m.

The Shawnee Co. Sheriff’s Office told 13 NEWS on Wednesday, Oct. 27, its Fugitive Warrants Unit arrested Cruz on a warrant which stemmed from a sexual battery case reported on June 15, 2021, which involved an adult female. It said the incident happened between June 10 and 11.

According to the school’s website, Cruz is director of the Topeka High Drumline, a “private ensemble that does performances independently.”

Cruz is listed as an employee of Topeka High School.

Topeka Public Schools USD 501 said it has been made aware of the arrest and he is on leave while an investigation is conducted.

Based on the information the district has, USD 501 said there is no indication the arrest was related to any event that happened at school or involved other TPS staff or students.

“As always, the safety and security of our students and staff is our highest priority,” said a spokesperson for the District. “We will continue to take all necessary steps to ensure Topeka Public Schools remains a safe learning and working environment for our students and staff.”

Shawnee Co. District Attorney Mike Kagay said while he cannot comment on the facts of the case he can say the charge was based on his office’s assessment of the evidence.

“Oftentimes that coincides with the assessment of the investigating law enforcement agency. Other times, it does not,” said Kagay. “Sometimes we also decline cases for prosecution that law enforcement refers to us. Our charging standard is whether a reasonable likelihood of obtaining a conviction at jury trial exists, based on our assessment of the admissible evidence.”

13 NEWS has reached out to the Cruz family for comment and is awaiting a response.

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