CYBER PREDATORS GET HEAVY TIME!

ATTORNEY GENERAL GOES AFTER THOSE CONVICTED OF PREYING ON CHILDREN!

A former Beaumont firefighter and a former teacher’s aide arrested by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Cyber Crimes Unit during an undercover sweep have each been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for child sex crimes.

Rob Roy Robinson, 53, of Beaumont, was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone to 10 years in federal prison on one count of coercion and enticement. Randy Hutto, 26, of Spurger, was sentenced June 12 to a 10-year term on the same federal charge. Upon release, both defendants must register as sex offenders and are prohibited from having unsupervised contact with children. Assistant Attorney General Sarah Wannarka prosecuted both cases in conjunction with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

“The tough sentences handed down by Judge Marcia Crone send a strong message: Texans will not tolerate criminals who prey upon our children,” Attorney General Abbott said. “The Cyber Crimes Unit will continue to protect young Texans by aggressively cracking down on sex predators. We are very grateful to U.S. Attorney John Ratcliffe and the Beaumont Police Department for their commitment to Texas children.”

Cyber Crimes Unit investigators arrested Robinson in October 2006 after he solicited sex online from someone he believed was a 13-year-old girl. When he arrived for the meeting, Robinson discovered that the “girl” was actually an undercover Cyber Crimes investigator. He was indicted by a Beaumont federal grand jury in November 2006 and entered a guilty plea in February.

Hutto was also arrested by Cyber Crimes Unit investigators after he drove nearly 50 miles from Spurger to Beaumont to meet and sexually assault someone he believed to be a 13-year-old boy. At the time of his arrest, Hutto indicated he was employed as a special education teacher’s aide at area middle schools. Hutto was also indicted in November 2006 and pleaded guilty Feb. 20.

The cases are part of Project Safe Childhood (PSC), a national initiative announced by U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales earlier this year.