Former Wichita school district safety supervisor faces additional child sex charges

09/04/2014 6:49 AM

09/04/2014 7:14 PM

Prosecutors have filed additional charges in a child sex crimes case against Alex Robinson, a former Wichita police sergeant and Wichita public schools safety supervisor.

Court records show Robinson, 51, made his first appearance on two new counts Wednesday during Sedgwick County District Court’s criminal walk-in docket. The latest charges, both involving aggravated indecent liberties, are alternative counts, meaning that an alleged crime happened in one of two ways, Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett said in an e-mailed response to questions.

In March – more than a year after his January 2013 arrest – Robinson was charged with eight felony counts involving unlawful sexual contact with children. Two of those counts are for aggravated criminal sodomy, three are for aggravated indecent liberties, one is for aggravated indecent liberties with a child, and two are for indecent liberties with a child.

Three victims ranging in age from 11 to 14 were named in the original criminal complaint. The alleged crimes occurred between Sept. 18, 2000, and Sept. 17, 2012.

The latest charges against Robinson involve one victim who was not included in the original complaint, Bennett wrote in the e-mail. He added that “this child came to our attention through the on-going investigation.”

Robinson’s attorney, Kurt Kerns, also confirmed the new charges Wednesday by e-mail, saying: “Yes, they did add two additional charges. I don’t have additional comment at this time.”

An amended criminal complaint outlining the latest charges accuses Robinson of “unlawfully and intentionally” engaging in lewd fondling or touching of a child between July 1, 2003, and Jan. 7, 2006, or between Jan. 8 and June 30, 2006. The complaint lists the child as 14 or younger at the time of the alleged offenses. Robinson can only be convicted of one of the two new charges because they are offered as alternative counts.

Robinson is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Sept. 17, though that date could be postponed. He is free on bond.

The accusations against Robinson emerged after a 24-year-old man told Wichita police that he had been molested by Robinson at age 12. At the time of his arrest, Robinson served as school safety services supervisor for Wichita public schools. The district placed him on paid leave after his arrest in January 2013, and he remained on the payroll for more than a year.

The district said earlier this year Robinson’s employment ended April 4, but would not disclose whether he resigned or was fired. He was making $75,790 a year in the position, which involved the oversight of building and district-level security officers.

Robinson devoted much of his private life to mentoring at-risk youth. In 2007, he was honored with a President’s Volunteer Service Award after logging more than 17,000 hours with the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Central Kansas. He also served on the board of directors for nonprofit youth mentoring organization, Real Men, Real Heroes, but was asked to resign in the wake of the investigation.

News of the local investigation into Robinson’s actions also prompted similar charges in El Paso County, Colo., after a man came forward claiming Robinson molested him when he during a visit in 1996 or 1997. The man estimated he was 14 or 15 at the time.

Robinson is scheduled for jury trial in that case Oct. 27, an El Paso County court clerk said Thursday. He faces six charges, the clerk said: two counts of sexual assault of a child by a person in a position of trust where the victim is 15 to 18 years old, two counts of sex assault on a child and two counts of sex assault on a child where a pattern of abuse is alleged.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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