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'Kiddie porn' suspect accused of sneaking into home, trying to kidnap girl

Cary Ashby • Oct 10, 2012 at 8:53 AM

A local man is facing felony charges after he reportedly entered a home and forcefully tried to kidnap a girl. He also was caught with a "considerable amount of kiddie porn," police said.

Robert M. Streit, 32, of 119 Dale Ave., Apt. 9, Willard, was indicted Friday on one count each of attempted kidnapping and burglary in connection with the Sept. 1 incident at a Willard home.

"He found an open door and went into the house and tried to allegedly kidnap a young girl," Willard Police Chief Mark Holden said. "I believe it was a little by force."

The would-be victim, a 12-year-old girl, managed to stall Streit.

"She said she had to get her shoes or something," Holden said.

The girl, who was not injured, awoke her brother, who then woke up their father.

"The father called police. ... The father started chasing him down," Holden said.

Within 15 minutes, an officer found Streit a few blocks away from the family's residence.

"He never actually got her out of the apartment," Holden said. "That was a tragedy that was averted."

Authorities began investigating Streit months earlier.

The investigation started with a tip to the Willard Police Department from the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.

ICAC officials reported "there was a lot of kiddie porn coming from a certain address," Holden said. "We started a case in January or February."

Officers eventually used a search warrant and seized several computers from Streit's apartment. "That was in January or February when we used the search warrant," the chief said.

"A considerable amount of kiddie porn" was found on the computers, and Streit admitted to downloading the material," Holden said.

"I'm not even sure of the amount; it's a considerable amount," Holden said.

Because of the volume of work requested of ICAC, police had not received a report with the task force's findings until after Streit tried to kidnap the girl in September, Holden said.

On Friday, a Huron County grand jury also indicted Streit on four counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor.

Streit has been unable to post a $25,000 bond at the Huron County Jail since being arrested Sept. 1.

If he does post bail, he is prohibited from having any association or communication with any non-family members under the age of 18.

Streit also isn't permitted to be on the premises of a West Pearl Street, Willard, residence.

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