Director of Wylie Baptist Church Child Development Center wanted for failure to report sex crimes


ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – An arrest warrant has been issued for the director of a church daycare where an Abilene man accused of sexually assaulting multiple children was employed.

Amanda McKee, the director of Wylie Baptist Church Child Development Center, is wanted for Failure to Report, according to Abilene Police Chief Stan Standridge. 

During a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Chief Standridge said McKee is expected to self-surrender by the end of the day.

McKee’s charge is connected to the investigation into former daycare worker Benjamin Roberts, 25, who is accused of sex crimes involving at least 8 children. 

No other individuals, besides Roberts and McKee, have been implicated in the investigation, Chief Standridge revealed. 

Police have been able to identify two children Roberts sexually assaulted and others he had inappropriate physical contact with. 

Chief Standridge says Roberts, who was initially booked into the Taylor County Jail for Indecency with a Child and Possession of Child Pornography in March, now has an additional charge – Continuous Sexual Abuse of Children.

In the past, Roberts also worked with children at three other churches – Southern Hills Church of Christ, Beltway Park South, and a “Kid’s Club” ministry ran out of his home at 465 Cockerell Street.

All churches involved in the investigation have been cooperative and forth-coming with police, according to Chief Standridge.

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. 

Full statements from Southern Hills Church of Christ and Beltway Park South can be found here

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