Woodland man arrested in connection with child sex crime investigation

Robert Leonard, 58, used to work on custodial staff for Vancouver Public Schools

By Patty Hastings, Columbian breaking news reporter

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Updated: September 6, 2013, 11:24 PM

 
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Police arrested a Woodland man and former Vancouver school janitor Friday evening on suspicion of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes.

Robert Leonard, 58, allegedly talked online and on the phone, and exchanged photos, with a minor who lives in Robertsdale, Pa., according to Woodland police Sgt. Brad Gillaspie. The victim was 13 when the alleged communication started.

Police say that during their investigation, Leonard admitted to having sexual relationships with at least two boys from the Vancouver area. Both relationships began when the boys were 13, and they would now be age 16 and age 18 or 19.

Leonard worked as a janitor for Vancouver Public Schools, working on a custodial support team at various district locations, but he is no longer employed by the district, said district spokeswoman Kris Sork.

He was booked into the Cowlitz County Jail and is expected to make his first appearance in court Monday.

Woodland police are asking for help in identifying the two local victims, along with any other possible victims. Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the police department at 360-225-6965.