Sexually-motivated attempted kidnapper sent to slammer for 12 years

Cary Ashby • Jan 6, 2013 at 10:48 PM

A former Willard man with sexual motivations who attempted to kidnap an 11-year-old Willard girl will spend the next 12 years in prison.

Robert M. Streit, 32, of Ashland, pleaded guilty in late November to one count each of attempted kidnapping and burglary. He also was convicted of two charges of possession of child-related pornography.

"I know there was a lot of kiddie porn," said Willard Police Sgt. Steven Weiss, who helped investigate the attempted kidnapping and burglary case. "It was in excess of 17,000 downloads."

On Thursday, Streit was classified as a Tier III sex offender. Streit will have to register his address every 90 days for life after he's released from prison.

The investigation started in January or February 2012 after police said they received a tip from the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force about "a lot of kiddie porn" coming from Streit's Willard address. Weiss said Streit lived about a half of a block from the victim's house.

Officers used a search warrant and seized several computers from Streit's apartment. He admitted to downloading child-related pornography for 9 1/2 months starting April 12, 2011.

While ICAC officials were analyzing Streit's computers, he focused his attention on the Willard girl.

"I think he had seen her outside," Weiss said.

In early September, Streit found an open door at the girl's residence and went into the house, where he tried to kidnap her. A police report says the girl woke up and found Streit running his finger across her forehead. He then picked up the girl and carried her to the back door.

"This girl was incredible. She convinced him to put her down. She convinced him she needed to get her shoes," Weiss said.

The girl, who wasn't injured, awoke her brother, who then woke up their father, who called 9-1-1.

Weiss said the girl's father chased Streit for nearly half of a block and that was where police arrested the defendant.

"He (the father) didn't have any shoes on when he was chasing him," Weiss said.

Streit's arrest happened within 15 minutes of the attempted kidnapping.

"The night he was arrested after breaking into the house, he was intoxicated. ... We didn't test him," Chief Mark Holden said.

Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler had recommended Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway sentence Streit to 14 years in prison -- the maximum for the four felonies. The defendant received a 12-year term.

"This is a person we need to keep (away) from society," Leffler said in November.

For attempted kidnapping -- a charge with a sexual motivation, Conway imposed a 30-month sentence. Streit received seven years for the burglary conviction and 30 months total for two counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor.

Streit is a former field artillery soldier. Holden was unsure how long Streit was living in Willard before the incident, but said the only other police interaction with him was for a parking violation.

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