A Mississippi police officer committed suicide last week after admitting that he had molested minors.
53-year-old Russ Robinson was questioned by police over allegations he molested a 17-year-old boy. Robinson had allegedly flashed his headlights to get the teen to pull over before reaching down and putting his hand on the teen's groin area. A day after the questioning, Robinson was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside his home, according to USA Today.
It was not the first time Robinson was accused of molestation, but it was the first time authorities took action. Several years earlier, Robinson left his part-time job at a grocery store after similar allegations. The owner confirmed that Robinson had molested a young male at the store, and that he'd turned over surveillance video of the event to the sheriff's office. No action was taken.
Robinson was still working for the police department at the time of his death.
A fellow officer’s wife told media that she remembered her husband coming home several years ago and talking about a surveillance video from the grocery store, which supposedly showed molestation by Robinson. She claimed her officer husband worried this matter could "come back and bite them” since no criminal action was taken. Police have denied these allegations.
The recent victim told authorities that Robinson shared that he'd had sex with two boys before.
Despite Robinson’s death authorities are continuing to investigate this case and have seized his computer.