Crime & Courts

March 25, 2014

Wichita school safety official also facing child sex charges in Colorado

A Wichita school safety official and former police sergeant who is charged with multiple child sex crimes in Sedgwick County also is facing child sex charges in Colorado.

A Wichita school safety official and former police sergeant who is charged with multiple child sex crimes in Sedgwick County also is facing child sex charges in Colorado.

Alex Robinson has been charged in El Paso County, Colo., with two counts of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, said Lee Richards, spokeswoman for the District Attorney’s Office in Colorado Springs.

Robinson, 51, had a first court appearance in Colorado Springs on Tuesday, Richards said. He is being held in the El Paso County Jail on a $10,000 bond and faces a bond hearing Monday.

A Colorado police affidavit lays out a detailed narrative of the allegations, saying the crimes occurred in a Colorado Springs suburb during a visit by Robinson in the summer of 1996 or 1997.

Robinson’s attorney in Wichita, Kurt Kerns, couldn’t be reached for comment Tuesday about the Colorado charges. After Robinson was charged in Sedgwick County earlier this month, Kerns said Robinson is a good person and should be presumed innocent.

In Sedgwick County, Robinson is charged with two counts of aggravated criminal sodomy, three counts of aggravated indecent liberties, one count of aggravated indecent liberties with a child and two counts of indecent liberties with a child. The Sedgwick County charges involve three alleged victims, who ranged in age from 11 to 14 at the time of the alleged crimes, according to the criminal complaint filed in the case. Those charges resulted from a decade-old case reported to Wichita police more than a year ago.

Robinson has been a volunteer youth mentor who received presidential recognition.

In the Colorado case, a probable cause affidavit used as a basis for Robinson’s arrest says that a Colorado Springs-area police detective became involved in investigating Robinson on April 24, 2013. The affidavit gives this account:

The Colorado police department received information from a Wichita police detective investigating Robinson in a case “widely publicized in the Wichita area.” On May 1, 2013, the Wichita detective told the Colorado detective that on Jan. 31, 2013, a man contacted the Wichita detective and said Robinson “had molested him between 14 and 16 years ago.”

The man said that Robinson had been involved in his life since the man was young, that Robinson had “provided him with pornographic magazines and shared pornographic movies with him” and that the two had slept in the same bed in a basement while Robinson visited.

Robinson asked the teen if he wanted to have a sex contest, which involved Robinson eventually straddling the teen and sitting on his genitals, the affidavit said.

On May 22, 2013, the Colorado detective received an audio recording of the Wichita detective’s telephone interview with the victim about incidents in Colorado involving Robinson, the affidavit said. During the first incident in Colorado, the alleged victim estimated he was 14 or 15.

According to the affidavit, the Wichita Police Department hired Robinson as a police officer on July 9, 1984. He was demoted to service officer on July 26, 1986, and terminated on Dec. 31, 1989. He was rehired as a Clerk II on Jan. 18, 1990, and promoted to police recruit officer on Aug. 19, 1991. Then came a string of promotions: to police officer on Dec. 21, 1991; to detective on Oct. 4, 1997; and to sergeant on Dec. 27, 1997. He resigned from the Police Department on June 12, 2006.

In the Wichita case, authorities first arrested Robinson in January 2013 after a 24-year-old man told police he had been molested by Robinson as a 12-year-old boy. Robinson was released on bond. He has been on paid leave from the school district, which pays him $75,790 a year. The investigation into the 24-year-old man’s allegations took more than a year. Two other alleged victims named in a criminal complaint surfaced during the investigation.

According to the criminal complaint in the Sedgwick County cases, the victims ranged in age from 11 to 14 at the time of the crimes, which occurred from Sept. 18, 2000, to Sept. 17, 2012.

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