Investigators say 49-year-old Kenneth Robinson of Opelika has committed horrific offenses against two young girls while they were living with his mother under foster care. Robinson now faces charges on first degree rape, sodomy and sexual abuse.
Robinson was arrested back in June after a social worker contacted police, and the young girls picked Robinson out of a line-up as their attacker. However, the police did not make the arrest public until five months later when News Leader 9 started asking question. We asked Chief of Police John McEachern why the arrest was not made public.
"It was not the policy of the Opelika Police Department at the time to release identities of individuals who had been arrested on sex related crimes, but since that time, I have become police chief, and we are taking a look at that policy and making revisions so that police will release the names of individuals in sex related crimes to the public," says McEachern.
The Chief also says even though sex assault suspects have not been convicted in a court of law, it is still in the public's best interest to be notified of an arrest in their community.
Investigators say at this point, there is no indication the foster mother knew anything about the alleged sexual abuse. The director of the Lee County Department of Human Resources has not returned our calls and emails requesting information on the case. The Alabama State Department of Human Resources emailed us back, saying they are working on a response.
McEachern says investigators are looking into the mother's status as a foster parent, as well as investigating whether or not any other foster children were ever under her care.
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