Crime & Courts

Wichita schools employee, a former police officer, arrested in decade-old child sex case

Prosecutors are expected to decide this week whether to file criminal charges against a former Wichita police officer who was arrested last week on indecent liberties charges.

Sedgwick County Jail records show that Alex Robinson, 50, was booked Friday on two counts of aggravated criminal sodomy and four counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child. He later was released on bond.

Robinson, a Wichita schools security supervisor, has been placed on administrative leave from that position, a school district spokeswoman said.

A police report filed in the case on Thursday identifies the victim as a 24-year-old man who said he was 12 years old when Robinson had sex with him.

Efforts to contact Robinson on Monday were unsuccessful.

In Kansas, the statute of limitations in child sex crimes cases is usually five years but there are exceptions, such as when the crime is concealed by a suspect or when the victim is too young to realize that a crime has occurred.

Another provision of the law says the statute of limitations does not apply if “there is substantially competent expert testimony indicating the victim psychologically repressed such witness’ memory of the fact of the crime, and in the expert’s professional opinion the recall of such memory is accurate and free of undue manipulation, and substantial corroborating evidence can be produced in support of the allegations.”

The repressed memory portion of the law can not be applied after the victim has reached his or her 28th birthday.

Robinson received a President’s Volunteer Service Award in 2007 after logging more than 17,000 hours as a volunteer with the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Central Kansas. During his 22-year career with the Wichita Police Department, he received the Bronze Wreath of Merit, two Distinguished Service Awards and the 2006 Excellence in Public Service Award.

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