February 7, 2007

Blasdell Teacher Denied Bail in Child-Sex Arrest

By Dan Herbeck, The Buffalo News, N.Y.

Feb. 7--A fifth-grade teacher, arrested by FBI agents last week in a child-sex case, will remain jailed while awaiting further proceedings in his federal court case.

U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder refused to release Kollin Roy King, 26, on bail Tuesday.

"Based on his prior conduct, based on the desire he's shown to arrange [sexual] meetings with a 14-year-old and a 12-year-old, we feel he is a potential danger to minors in the community," U.S. Attorney Terrance P. Flynn said.

King, who lives in Hamburg, taught at Blasdell Elementary School in the Frontier School District. He also was a Cub Scout leader at Camp Scouthaven in Arcade. FBI agents Friday accused him of using the Internet to arrange sexual liaisons with boys. The arrest followed a series of Internet communications between King and an undercover agent posing as a 14-year-old.

King's attorney, federal public defender Kimberly Schechter, argued that the public safety would be protected if King were ordered to wear an electronic monitor on his ankle and was confined to a relative's home in Delevan. But prosecutor Allison P. Gioia and Schroeder disagreed.

Thomas J. DeBoy, attorney for the Frontier District, said the district considers King "absent without a contractual excuse" and is not paying him.

King is the fifth Frontier District employee accused of improper conduct with youngsters or Internet child pornography since the latter part of 2004. DeBoy said district officials are concerned about the arrests but added that, to his knowledge, there is no connection among the men.

FBI agents arrested King when he showed up at a Cheektowaga restaurant, allegedly expecting to meet a 14-year-old boy and his 12-year-old friend for a sexual liaison. Cheektowaga police worked with the FBI on the case.

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