KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A man from Kansas City, Kan., has pleaded guilty to using the Internet to entice a 12-year-old girl in California to send him pictures of her naked, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.
Robert Dobbertin, 40, Kansas City, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of enticing a minor. In his plea, he admitted that in October 2008 a woman in Orange County, Calif., discovered that her 12-year-old daughter was involved in an on-line relationship with him.
The girl met Dobbertin through the Web site Teenspot.com. Dobbertin sent instant messages to the girl and talked sexually to her on the phone while engaged in masturbation. He asked for and received naked photographs of her. He asked her to perform sexual acts on herself. He sent her a video of himself masturbating and a digital photo of his penis.
When investigators served a search warrant at Dobbertin’s home in May 2009 they seized a computer containing child pornography and the records of two Yahoo! Messenger chats in which Dobbertin talked about his plans to travel to California to visit the girl and expressed a desire to have sex with her.
If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than 10 years and not more than life in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christine Kenney is prosecuting.