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Abilene church worker accused of child sex crimes released from jail

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - An Abilene church daycare worker accused of sexually assaulting multiple children has been released from jail after posting bond. 

Benjamin Roberts, 25, posted bonds totaling $100,000 after he had the amount lowered from $350,000 during a bond reduction hearing Wednesday. 

At the hearing, Roberts' parents testified they are using their life savings to bail him out and take him home to live with them in College Station. 

The judge informed Roberts' parents they have to notify their church that he will be attending and their neighborhood must also be notified. Roberts is also barred from having unsupervised cell phone access or access to a computer.

As an additional condition of his release, there are certain areas where Roberts is allowed to go and certain areas that are excluded. He has to pay for a real-time monitoring device to ensure he stays where ordered.

Roberts was charged with Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child and Indecency with a Child - Sexual Contact after at least 8 child victims were identified during an investigation that began when child pornography was found at Roberts' home in April. 

Roberts was employed at the Wylie Baptist Church Early Childhood Development Center when he was initially arrested for Indecency with a Child and Possession of Child Pornography and was terminated once he was formally charged.

The daycare's director, Amanda McKee, has also been arrested for Failure to Report. Police say multiple parents and employees told her about Roberts' inappropriate behavior with children, but she never alerted authorities. 

Roberts also has affiliation with children at the Southern Hills Church of Christ, the Beltway Park Baptist Church, and a 'kid's ministry' run out of his home on the 400 block of Cockerell Drive. 

Due to the high volume of children Roberts had contacted with, police believe there is an "extremely high likelihood" Parents are urged to ask their children about their interactions with Roberts and if any crime is suspected, to to make a report with the Abilene Police Department at (325)673-8331.  

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