SALINA, Kan. (KAKE) – The SPARK Artist Resource Exchange was supposed to be an organization of artists who worked on projects across Salina. Instead, it’s become a controversy after a Facebook posts about one of its directors who is also a sex offender.
The resource center is in the heart of downtown Salina. In the last several days, posts on Facebook revealed that program director ______ is a convicted sex offender. Parents were worried that he had contact with children.
______ was convicted in 2012 of possessing child pornography and was sentenced to Community Corrections. Since then, he has complied with all stipulations of his release. He was discharged in April of 2017.
But posts online allege he worked with children in the programs he directed at SPARK. One of its grant writers says that’s not true — that he was never in a position to work in any youth program and that none of his responsibilities violated any conditions of his release.
The public outcry was still enough pressure and all five of SPARK’s top directors resigned.