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Wichita school district employee remains on paid leave; no charges filed

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at 10:12 p.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at 11:33 a.m.

Alex Robinson, the Wichita school district’s safety services supervisor, remains on paid leave nearly nine months after he was arrested on suspicion of child sex crimes.

Robinson’s case has been presented to District Attorney Marc Bennett, but so far “a decision has not been made” on whether to pursue charges, D.A. spokesman Dan Dillon said in an e-mail. That decision could come “in a couple of weeks,” he said.

Robinson is being paid $75,790 a year.

Normally, a school district employee arrested on suspicion of a felony offense is suspended with pay pending adjudication or resolution of the case, said district spokeswoman Susan Arensman.

Lt. Jeff Weible, head of the Exploited and Missing Child Unit, said Wednesday that “the case is still under investigation.”

Robinson, a former Wichita police officer and youth mentor who received presidential recognition for his volunteer work, could not be reached for comment.

“I think if there was a case against Alex, it would have been filed,” said his attorney, Kurt Kerns.

On Jan. 18, according to Sedgwick County Jail records, Robinson was booked on two counts of aggravated criminal sodomy and four counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child. Robinson, 50, was released on bond. A police report filed in the case Jan. 17 identified the victim as a 24-year-old man who said he was 12 when Robinson had sex with him.

Arensman, the school spokeswoman, said Robinson’s position with the district has not been filled.

“Other employees in Safety Services have taken on additional responsibilities,” she said in an e-mail.

The district policy on employees who have been arrested says, “In certain circumstances, other employment action may be taken.”

Asked how long district leaders would extend Robinson’s paid leave before considering other action, Arensman said, “That is personnel information.”

Reach Suzanne Perez Tobias at 316-268-6567 or stobias@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @suzannetobias.

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