After admitting to the Alcorn County Sheriff’s Department and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation of molesting minors, Tishomingo Police Officer Russ Robinson committed suicide on March 24.
Both departments had questioned the 53-year-old officer regarding allegations that he had molested a 17-year-old boy after asking him to pull over. Only a day after the questioning, Robin was found dead, in his home in the Crossroads Community, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
While it wasn’t the first that he had been accused of child molestation, it was perhaps the first time that authorities had decided to finally take action against him.
A few years prior to the latest incident, Robinson reportedly left his part time job at a grocery store in Iuka after being accused of molestation. Whne asked if Robinson had been fired or had left on his own, owner of the grocery store, Davis Brooks responded, saying, “I don’t want to comment. That’s private information.”
Robinson began working for the Tishomingo Police Department in 2015 when he left the Tishomingo County Sheriff’s Department after a new sheriff was elected.
Tishomingo Police Chief Mike Kemp has said that he was aware that authorities were questioning Robinson about allegations of molestation on March 23.
“(The allegations of molestation) happened in another county,” he said. “I knew he wasn’t charged.”
Kemp said Robinson was working at the police department at the time of his death. When asked about Brooks Grocery, Kemp stated Robinson was not fired from there.
“There were some innuendoes,” he said. “We determined that he resigned from Brooks Grocery. I don’t think there was any molesting. Certainly no charges were made.” There were however, rumors that Robinson had something inappropriate. “Nobody ever contacted us or said anything,” he said. “I had heard the rumor, but until I had concrete information, there was nothing I could do.”
Even after his death, authorities are investigating Robinson’s activities. His computer has been seized and Brooks has also confirmed that Robinson had indeed molested a young male at the store. The video footage from the store’s surveillance camera had also been turned over to the sheriff’s office.