FORT WORTH — A former Arlington school security guard and karate teacher was in custody Monday in Oklahoma facing charges of molesting children and producing child pornography, authorities said.Oklahoma investigators are trying to determine whether any of Robert Farrill’s victims are from Texas, including children from the Arlington area, where Farrill lived from July 1990 to November 1991.The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crimes Against Children Unit sent emails to North Texas news outlets to get the word out about Farrill and determine whether any of his victims live in the region.Oklahoma agents have identified six children in pornographic images, and investigators are working to identify three others, bureau spokeswoman Jessica Brown said. Some of the children who have been identified are from Texas, she said. She would not provide further details about their identities.“An investigation of Farrill began when an undercover officer was on an Internet chat room,” Brown said Monday in an email. “Farrill shared some files with the officer.”Farrill, 51, was arrested last month in Okmulgee, Okla.He faces multiple counts of sexual abuse of a child along with production and distribution of child pornography, authorities said.When Farrill was arrestes, Oklahoma investigators found hundreds of images of child porn on his computer. During a forensic examination of the computer, agents found 18 pornographic videos and more than 60 pornographic images of nine boys, Brown said.Brown said that even if the statute of limitations has expired, investigators are working to identify all the victims.“Their testimony during the sentencing phase of a trial could be crucial for the prosecution,” Brown said.On Oct. 10, the bureau’s Internet Crimes Against Children Unit contacted the Arlington school district.District spokeswoman Leslie Johnston said Monday that the district is cooperating with authorities on the case.Johnston said Farrill worked in the Arlington district’s security department from August 1985 to August 1986. As a roaming patrol security guard, he worked at all levels in the district. He was fired in August 1986, Johnston said. She would not provide other details about the termination.Farrill is being held without bail in the Okmulgee County Jail.Anyone with information should call the Oklahoma bureau’s hotline, 800-522-8017. Staff writer Monica Nagy contributed to this report.
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