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Suspended school official still on paid leave

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at 8:05 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 more than 13 months after he was arrested on suspicion of child sex crimes.

So far a decision has not been made on whether to pursue charges. But District Attorney Marc Bennett said Friday to expect one in coming weeks.

“We fully expect a final determination to be made by the end of the first week in March,” Bennett said through a spokesman.

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.

Kurt Kerns, Robinson’s attorney, said Friday, “If there was a case, it would have been filed.”

“It’s clear to me that the investigation reveals that Alex is innocent,” Kerns said, “and we’re thankful he wasn’t put through a false charge.”

Robinson, a former Wichita police officer and youth mentor who received presidential recognition for his volunteer work, was arrested Jan. 18, 2013. According to Sedgwick County Jail records, he was booked on two counts of aggravated criminal sodomy and four counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child. He 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. The district policy on employees who have been arrested says, “In certain circumstances, other employment action may be taken.”

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

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