Abilene daycare worker sentenced to 20 years for Federal child sex crimes

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ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – An Abilene church daycare worker accused of sexually assaulting multiple children has been sentenced to serve 20 years in prison for Federal child sex crime charges. 

Benjamin Roberts, 25, received his 20-year sentence in Federal court last week for Indecency with a Child by Sexual Contact, and Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child.

Roberts is still facing additional sex crime charges – Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child and Second Degree Felony Indecency with a Child by Sexual Contact charges – on a state level and has yet to be convicted or sentenced for them. 

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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