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Plea bargain pending for 'kiddie porn' defendant accused of entering residence, trying to kidnap 11-year-old

Cary Ashby • Oct 31, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Attorneys appear to be working out a plea deal for a suspected attempted kidnapper caught with a large amount of child pornography.

Former Willard resident Robert M. Streit, 32, of Ashland, appeared in Huron County Common Pleas Court for a pretrial hearing Monday.

He is scheduled to go to trial Nov. 27 on one count each of attempted kidnapping and burglary, both in connection with a Sept. 4 incident involving an 11-year-old Willard girl. The indictment says Streit reportedly "committed the offense with sexual motivation."

Streit also is charged with four counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor, covering incidents from April 12, 2011 through Jan. 25 of this year.

Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said he has offered an unspecified plea deal to defense attorney T. Douglas Clifford which should "wrap up" all the cases -- plus some more child pornography charges that haven't been filed yet. Leffler said the state is hoping to avoid issuing more indictments against Streit, so he would like to see a guilty plea happen before next grand jury session.

If the defendant's case goes to trial, Leffler said he expects it to last at least three days.

The Willard Police Department investigation started in January or February after police received a tip from the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. Chief Mark Holden has said ICAC officials reported "there was a lot of kiddie porn" coming from Streit's Dale Avenue address.

Officers used a search warrant and seized several computers from Streit's apartment. Holden said authorities found "a considerable amount of kiddie porn" on the computers, which Streit reportedly admitted to downloading.

Without access to his computers, the defendant reportedly focused his attention on the girl. On Sept. 4, Streit found an open door at her residence and went into the apartment, where he is accused of trying to kidnap her, authorities said.

The girl managed to stall Streit by saying she needed to get her shoes. The girl, who wasn't injured, awoke her brother, who then woke up their father, who called 9-1-1.

"He never actually got (the girl) out of the apartment," Holden said earlier. "That was a tragedy that was averted."

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

Streit is a former field artillery soldier. He must post a $100,000 bond before being released from the Huron County Jail. He is prohibited from having any association with juveniles.

If convicted of all the current felonies, Streit faces up to 30 years in prison and a maximum fine totaling $65,000. Convictions on the pandering charges mean the defendant would be classified as a sex offender.

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