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Turley minister arrested in federal child porn investigation that also implicated Tulsa home school alliance principal

Turley minister arrested in federal child porn investigation that also implicated Tulsa home school alliance principal

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Ron Robinson

The Rev. Ron Robinson, director of the Turley nonprofit A Third Place Community Foundation and Welcome Table Community Center, is pictured in 2010. Robinson was arrested Thursday on federal child pornography complaints. Tom Gilbert/Tulsa World file

A minister who is director of a Turley nonprofit community center on Thursday became the second Tulsa-area man implicated in a wide-ranging Homeland Security child pornography investigation.

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.

Part of Robinson’s Welcome Table Community Center, located at 5920 N. Owasso Ave., was destroyed in a fire in early March. Robinson had moved the foundation’s community center into an abandoned church there in 2011.

Paighten Harkins

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paighten.harkins@tulsaworld.com

Twitter: @PaightenHarkins

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