Unitarian pastor Ron Robinson was arrested on a federal warrant alleging he received and/or distributed child pornography. Robinson is the director of A Third Place Community Foundation in Turley, Oklahoma.
Ronald Eugene Robinson, 62, director of A Third Place Community Foundation, was arrested at his Turley home on complaints of distribution or receipt of child pornography and possession of and access with intent to view child pornography, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Tulsa.
Tulsa Christian home school alliance principal Jeffrey Richard Goss, 56, was arrested Wednesday on similar allegations in connection with the same investigation, though the cases aren’t connected, according to a news release from the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office.
Federal investigators reportedly found both men using an online video conference chatroom that allows users to both broadcast video of themselves and watch video of others.
On Nov. 10, 2015, investigators in the chatroom observed various videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Federal agents noted someone with the username “Ed” making comments about raping and hurting the children, according to court documents.
Later, the man showed video of his face. Investigators described him as in his 60s with gray hair and a gray beard.
Investigators used the IP address associated with “Ed” to find his account holder information, which led them to Robinson, court documents state.
Federal authorities and the Sheriff’s Office began working together on the investigation last September and arrested Robinson after serving a search warrant at two homes Thursday, according to a news release.
Agents arrested Robinson and took electronic devices from one of the homes, located in the 7000 block of North Cincinnati Avenue. They also served a warrant at a home in the 500 block of East 63rd Street North and discovered a man and two minor children staying in “unsanitary conditions,” the release states.
Law enforcement referred the children to the Department of Human Services for a welfare check, the news release states.
After his arrest, Robinson reportedly told investigators he had received child pornography on multiple occasions. He also said he fantasizes about raping and hurting children, the news release states.
Dale and Kaylee Graham, Robinson’s neighbors, had this to say about the good pastor’s arrest:
Dale: It’s very surprising. It’s shocking knowing that we lived there for so long and that there was a potential for somebody to hurt my child that’s been there since she was two. Kids go in there and they had a special station inside that church for kids to go in and color, and he had a whole bunch of kids in there, and that’s even more scary. “It floored me. I was like, what. I mean he’s done a lot of great things, and I know Bonnie is his wife, and Bonnie’s done a lot of great things, you know. It’s shocking. It hurts.
Kaylee: Me and his wife got along really well. I used to say hi to him from across the gate but I never really talked to him that much. He just seemed like a nice guy. I didn’t really think that he would do anything like that,