Corpus Christi Police Officer Charged With Solicitation of a Minor
|April 10, 2012|
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Robert McChester Jr., 25, has been arrested on charges of using a facility and means of interstate and foreign commerce - a telephone and a computer connected to the internet - to coerce and entice a minor to engage in sexual activity, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today.
The complaint alleges that between May 1, 2011, and April 1, 2012, McChester began communicating with a child he knew to be 15 years old. Shortly thereafter, the victim allegedly made an outcry to medical professionals regarding the inappropriate relationship she had been engaged in with a Corpus Christi Police Department (CCPD) officer.
McChester was discovered to be an active duty patrol officer with the CCPD and that he had been communicating with the victim via the Internet for approximately one year beginning in May of 2011 and continuing up to the date of the victim’s outcry, according to the complaint. The victim further alleged they had met on several occasions and engaged inappropriate activities.
Online communications between McChester and the victim were recovered and determined to contain content of an inappropriate sexual nature.
McChester was arrested shortly following the filing of the federal complaint this afternoon and is expected to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge B. Janice Ellington tomorrow.
The investigation was conducted by the Corpus Christi Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Homeland Security Investigations.
This case, prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lance Duke, was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."
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