Former school safety director to stand trial on sex charges

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A former Wichita school safety supervisor and police officer will stand trial on eight charges alleging he committed sex crimes against three boys, a judge has ruled.

Alex Robinson, 52, who was a Wichita police officer for 22 years before joining the school district in 2006, is accused of molesting three boys between 2000 and 2012, The Wichita Eagle.

At a preliminary hearing Wednesday, Robinson showed no emotion as he looked at his three accusers — a 26-year-old, a 17-year-old and a 13-year-old — who testified that Robinson groped or sodomized them when they were younger.

He is charged with aggravated indecent liberties with a child, indecent liberties with a child and aggravated criminal sodomy. His attorney, Steve Mank, asked that not guilty pleas be entered for his client, who faces a July 6 trial.

The allegations surfaced in Wichita in early 2013 after a 24-year-old man told police he had been sexually abused by Robinson when he was 12.

Robinson was working as a school safety services supervisor for the Wichita School District when he was arrested in January 2013.

The district subsequently put him on paid leave and he remained on the payroll for more than a year making nearly $76,000 a year. The job involved oversight of building and security officers.

One of Robinson’s charges — aggravated indecent liberties with a child, which involved lewd touching of an 11-year-old — falls under Jessica’s Law, which upon conviction requires a mandatory life sentence without eligibility for parole for 25 years.

Robinson received the President’s Volunteer Service Award in 2007 after being credited with more than 17,000 hours at the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Central Kansas.

He also served on the board of directors for the nonprofit youth mentoring association, Real Men, Real Heroes. He was asked to resign in the wake of the investigation.

 

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