Utility worker changes plea

Man is accused of sabotaging Post Rock Rural Water system in Ellsworth County


State News

September 29, 2021 - 9:54 AM

Photo by Trevor Hoag / Iola Register

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A former Kansas utility worker accused of remotely tampering with a public water system’s cleaning procedures has notified a federal court that he plans to change his plea.

Wyatt Travnichek was indicted in March with remotely accessing the Post Rock Rural Water District’s systems in March 2019, about two months after he quit his job with the Ellsworth County utility. He initially pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Travnichek is accused of shutting down the facility’s cleaning and disinfecting procedures. When he worked for the utility, he would monitor the water plant remotely by logging into its computer system.

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