Abilene church worker jailed without bond until at least next court date on child porn charge

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ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – An Abilene church worker who was recently re-arrested on a federal child pornography charge after posting bond for multiple child sex crimes will remain in jail without bond for now. 

Benjamin Roberts, 25, along with his attorney, waived his first detention hearing Thursday, meaning no bond has been set and he will remain in jail until at least his next court appearance, if not longer. 

Roberts was released from jail two weeks ago following a bond reduction hearing then turned himself back in to the Taylor County Jail last Thursday on a federal Receipt of Child Pornography charge. 

Court documents state investigators found more than 373 images and more than 30 videos “indicative of sexually child exploitation material” on Roberts’ laptop during an investigation that began in April. The images and videos portrayed prepubescent boys and girls engaging in various sexual acts involving themselves and adults.

When questioned by police, the documents state Roberts admitted to using his computer to download and view child pornography.

Roberts is also charged with Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child and Indecency with a Child – Sexual Contact after at least 8 child victims were identified during the onset of the child pornography investigation. 

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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