Man with sexual motivations who attempted to kidnap local 11-year-old girl pleads guilty

Prosecutor says "this is a person we need to keep (away) from society."
Cary Ashby
Nov 24, 2012

 

A man with sexual motivations who attempted to kidnap an 11-year-old Willard girl has been convicted.

Former Willard resident Robert M. Streit, 32, of Ashland, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count each of burglary and kidnapping as well as two charges of possession of child-related pornography.

"He's looking at up to 14 years (in prison)," said Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler, who agreed to dismiss two other child porn charges in a plea deal. "This is a person we need to keep (away) from society."

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 admitted to downloading from April 12, 2011 through Jan. 25.

"He didn't put up any new stuff," Leffler said.

Without access to his computers, Streit focused his attention on the Willard girl. On Sept. 4, Streit found an open door at her residence and went into the apartment, where he tried 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 didn't get her out of the house," Leffler said.

Within 15 minutes of the attempted kidnapping, an officer found Streit a few blocks away from the family's residence and arrested him.

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

When asked what prison time he expects to recommend during Streit's Jan. 3 sentencing hearing, Leffler said it "will be close" to the 14-year maximum. Streit's guilty plea came one week before his trial in Huron County Common Pleas Court would have started.

Comments

mikeylikesit

hmmm.. almost an hour and nobody defending him?

ladydye_5

I cannot understand how he made it a few blocks down the road.....in my house/neighborhood he would have been dead or at least face down and bleeding! He "needs to be kept away from society"....but in "close to 14 years" he will be cured?!?!?!

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swiss cheese kat

When the High Master hears of this he will surely cut off his plargh and hand it to him.

Simple Enough II

Curious what having been a "former field artillery soldier" has to do with him being a pedophile? I don't see him changing.

ladydye_5

Simple Enough^ they like to point out the service members in a bad light. It is not the first time. I have made the same comment on other stories. Funny how you never see that the "line 3 , machine 6 , night supervisor at the local factory" in a story. They like to point out the military, police officers and a select other few. Yes there is one bad apple in every basket, but they like to be sure and POINT it out so everyone thinks the whole basket is bad. Honestly his PRIOR profession has NO bearing on this story at all. It is called sensationalism, gets them more hits in the comment section.

mikeylikesit

maybe you're right but i hope people just take from it that anybody, even people you may not expect because of their jobs or trusted position can be a pedo or other kind of criminal. there are monsters among us and, and really it would be nice if they looked like monsters in the movies. in real life the scariest monsters look just like the good guys..

funwithothers

but if the person who did a crime has family that advertises with the nr they dont even make it in the paper......just like little dan,30yrold sex with a 16 yrold convicted never even hit the paper still selling roofs door to door in this town .....hows that work?