Child Porn Arrest Near School

By: Lauri Martin Email
By: Lauri Martin Email

A one-time youth pastor is accused of downloading child pornography. Now, Colorado Springs police say he may have been victimizing more children recently in our community.

When Robert Bell was arrested, cops say he was already on probation for sexual exploitation of a child in a different case.

The convicted sex offender lives right across the street from a school. We should point out that Bell wasn’t breaking the law. In Colorado, there's no law against registered sex offenders living near schools.

His house on West Van Buren near Cascade and Fillmore, right across the street from Corpus Christi School. A few blocks away is Lincoln Elementary.

Cops say they found explicit pictures of children when they searched Bell’s home.

Out-of-state cops tipped off local investigators. Bell had allegedly been trading inappropriate pictures of children over the Internet. Police say they found proof of that and because of the evidence they found in the house, they believe some of his victims could live here in Colorado Springs. "We're looking more of ages, elementary school," said Sgt. Bill Dehart with the Colorado Springs Police Department.

About his history as a youth pastor, we found out on-line that he's a former United Methodist minister and had been a pastor and therapist in Colorado Springs and in Canon City.

Again, cops say they are still searching for more possible victims and they hope they will come forward.

If you have any information for police, you can call Detective Blackwell 444-7532 or call Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP.

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  • by unreal on Apr 9, 2009 at 10:29 AM
    How can there be no laws preventing sex offenders from living near elementary schools? Protect our children from these monsters. He needs to be in jail for a long long time. Why do we not perform chemical castration?
  • by divorced Location: maine on Mar 20, 2009 at 06:28 AM
    Can you believe that my x divorced me for him, he always acted strange, lock him up and throw away the key,
  • by colo. res Location: canon city on Mar 19, 2009 at 09:18 AM
    I agree with the posts! How can there be a law about selling drugs, but no law about sex offenders living by schools! Also, Another question I have is why was he in the community so early anyway, he is a multiple offender and had charges as recently as 2008, so why isn't he in prison. Ive seen people get more time bouncing checks than molesting children. We should value the safety and innocense of children more than we do
  • by lookng 2 mov 2 area Location: from central ky on Mar 18, 2009 at 09:21 PM
    We lived next door to a registered sex offender. My children noticed him everytime they went outdoors to play basketball. He would stand behind a tree and just stare. He also watched other children with binoculars down the street. We finally moved before our lease was up, and never got our deposit back. I think the owners made off with our deposit money like so many others that rented that place. They never disclosed that important piece of information to us.
  • by Will Location: Monument on Mar 18, 2009 at 08:34 PM
    Bell looks kinda like Bruce Willis.
  • by Carly Location: Colorado Springs on Mar 18, 2009 at 03:44 PM
    WOW. I am shocked that there isn't some rule against sex offenders living within a certain range of a school. I have an 8 year old daughter who walks home from school and it scares me to know that a child sex offender could live right in her path. Horrifying.
  • by Mommy of 2 Location: Springs on Mar 18, 2009 at 01:10 PM
    I was thinking the same thing Joe! Why is it not against the law to have sex offenders living across the street from a school? Thats scarey! Expecially a Child sex offendor! This scares me!
  • by Ali Location: Georgia on Mar 18, 2009 at 07:45 AM
    Unbelievable. I used to know this man years ago and certainly, he hid it well. He should not be near any schools or ppl for that matter.
  • by joe Location: cs on Mar 17, 2009 at 07:53 PM
    So how is it that a offender can live across from a school, but there is a law against selling drugs near a school. shouldnt the same law apply towards those that are offenders as well. I wouldnt want a offender right across the street from were my kids go to school
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