Convicted rapist kills himself in jail after arrest for child exploitation

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. (KAKE) -

A 58-year-old convicted sex offender has died of self-inflicted injuries at the Reno County Jail two days after he was charged with sexual exploitation of a child. 

Sheriff Randy Henderson said Gary Robbins was found unresponsive in his cell at around 5:40 Friday morning. Staff attempted life-saving measures, but he was pronounced dead 40 minutes later. 

Robbins had been jailed on a parole violation since September 19 and was charged Wednesday with the child sex crime. 

A preliminary KBI investigation suggests the injuries to Robbins were self-inflicted, Henderson said, adding that no one was in the vicinity of Robbins at the time of his death.

An autopsy was scheduled. 

Robbins was sentenced in Sedgwick County in 1993 on convictions of rape, aggravated sodomy and indecent liberties with a child. He was last paroled in December of 2017. He had other prior convictions on aggravated counts of robbery and burglary as well as theft. 


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A 58-year-old man on parole for several sex sex crime convictions has been arrested for sexual exploitation of a child.

The Hutch Post reports Gary Robbins is accused of having sexually explicit photos of children. The alleged crime occurred on September 19. 

Robbins was expected in court Friday. Reno District Attorney Keith Schroeder said he will file the charges and list Robbins as an aggravated sex offender under the habitual sex offender rule, which could mean a life sentence with no chance of parole. 

Kansas Department of Corrections records state Robbins was sentenced in 1993 on convictions of rape, aggravated sodomy and indecent liberties with a child. He was last paroled in December of 2017. He has other prior convictions on aggravated counts of robbery and burglary as well as theft. 

Robbins is not listed on the Kansas or national sex offender registries. 

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