A Mississippi police officer took his own life after he admitted to molesting minors.
Tishomingo Police Officer Ronnie Russ Robinson was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound one day after the Alcorn County Sheriff's Department questioned Robinson about an incident, The Clarion-Ledger reports. Robinson, 53, was alleged to have molested a 17-year-old boy after getting the teenager to pull over by flashing his headlights.
The teen had reportedly stopped at a Dollar General store when Robinson began to follow him in an unmarked car, and then flashed his headlights. The boy pulled over, and Robinson got out of his car to speak to him.
According to the teenager, the officer told him that he had had sex with two boys, and put his hand on the teen's groin before the 17-year-old reportedly told Robinson that he wasn't interested.
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He then left to go home, and told his parents what had happened. The parents contacted police about the incident.
Robinson reportedly admitted to authorities at the Alcorn Sheriff's Department that he had touched the 17-year-old, and that he had molested other minors.
Robinson had reportedly been accused of molestation in a prior incident years earlier, which caused him to leave his job at Brooks Grocery in Iuka, Mississippi.
"I don't want to comment. That's private information," grocery store owner Davis Brooks had said when asked if Robinson was fired.
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Robinson, a married father of three and grandfather of six, had reportedly left the Tishomingo County Sheriff's Department in 2015 to work at the Tishomingo Police Department.
"[The allegations of molestation] happened in another county," said Tishomingo Police Chief Mike Kemp, who said that he knew that Robinson had been questioned about the allegations on March 23. "I knew he wasn't charged."
"There were some innuendoes," said Kemp of the earlier allegations at Brooks Grocery. "We determined that he resigned from Brooks Grocery. I don’t think there was any molesting. Certainly no charges were made."
Kemp said that there had been rumors that Robinson had said something inappropriate.
"Nobody ever contacted us or anything," he said. "I had heard the rumor, but until I had concrete information, there was nothing I could do."
Robinson never had a probable cause hearing for the incident with the 17-year-old boy. In Mississippi, a police officer must receive a probable cause hearing before being charged with a crime "in the performance of official duties."
Authorities will reportedly continue the investigation after Robinson's death. Investigators have seized the man's computer, in addition to obtaining a video of the alleged incident at Brooks Grocery.