Internet Predator Gets 15-year Prison Sentence

A Maryland man who pleaded guilty to soliciting a 14-year-old Loudoun girl over the internet will spend the next 15 years in prison.

Loudoun County Circuit Court Judge Burke F. McCahill on Monday handed down the sentence for Robert Norman Klink Jr., 36, of Frederick, MD. Klink pleaded guilty in March to charges of using communication systems to facilitate certain offenses with children, carnal knowledge, and forcible sodomy. McCahill imposed a total active sentence of 15 years and six months, plus 34 years and six months of suspended time, 7 years of supervised probation followed by lifelong unsupervised probation.

The case began in July 2015, when Klink began chatting with the victim over the internet. Their chats continued for several days, during which Klink proposed that the two meet in person and engage in sexual acts. The victim agreed to sneak out of her home and meet Klink at a pre-arranged location. Klink drove her to a secluded location where they engaged in sexual activity.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Joshua Steward, who prosecuted the case, noted that this was not a case that arose from a planned law enforcement sting-type operation in which undercover law enforcement officers pose as minors. The case involved a real victim. Steward also said that a forensic examination of Klink’s electronics showed that after he continued to chat online with other minors.

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