GREAT BEND, Kansas – Terry Dean Ruebush was arrested last Thursday for suspected sexual exploitation of a child. He is being held on a 50,000 dollar bond.
In June, the Barton County Sheriff’s Department was notified by Sedgwick County cyber crimes unit that there was suspicious activity in the Barton County area. Law enforcement investigated and received a search warrant for Ruebush’s house. Computers were confiscated and taken to the KBI for forensic analysis.
“This is the first time in my tenure as a law enforcement officer that we were contacted by a cyber crimes unit,” said Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir.
Ruebush is a former pastor for the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Great Bend. He also did services in Bazine and Lacrosse and for schools in Hays and Great Bend.
The Seventh Day Adventist headquarters for Kansas and Nebraska sent KSN this statement: “The church expects all of its employees to maintain the highest level of moral, ethical and spiritual conduct. We are cooperating fully with local authorities. The Seventh-day Adventist Church takes seriously the safety of all its members and visitors.”
Ruebush will have his preliminary hearing on Thursday November 12th at 3 p.m. in the Barton County Courthouse