Loudoun County, VirginiaFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:July 26, 2016
Contact: Heather F. WilliamsonCommonwealth’s Attorney’s Office20 East Market StreetLeesburg, VA 20176-2809(703) 777-0242
FREDERICK, MARYLAND MAN SENTENCED FOR SOLICITING A MINOR OVER THE INTERNET
JUDGE IMPOSES 15 YEARS AND 6 MONTHS
LEESBURG, Virginia – July 25, 2016. Robert Norman Klink Jr., 36, appeared before Judge Burke F. McCahill in Loudoun County Circuit Court for sentencing on one count of using communication systems to facilitate certain offenses with children, two counts of using communication systems to facilitate certain offenses with children, second or subsequent offense, two counts of carnal knowledge, and one count of forcible sodomy. McCahill imposed a total active sentence of fifteen years and six months in the Virginia Department of Corrections.
In July 2015, Klink began chatting with a fourteen year old Loudoun County girl over the Internet. Their chats continued for several days, during which Klink proposed that the two meet in person and engage in sexual acts. The victim agreed to sneak out of her home and meet Klink at a pre-arranged location. Klink transported the victim in his vehicle to a secluded location where they engaged in sexual activity, after which he transported the victim back to the pre-arranged location.
Klink entered pleas to the offenses on March 7, 2016.
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Joshua Steward, who handled the case for the Commonwealth, noted that this was not a case that arose from a planned law enforcement “sting,” utilizing undercover law enforcement officers posing as minors, but instead this was case with a “real victim” and Klink knowingly took advantage. Steward went on to point out that a forensic examination of Klink’s electronics showed that after Klink’s encounter with the victim, Klink continued to chat with other individuals on the Internet claiming to be minors.
Before imposing a sentence, McCahill reminded Klink that as the adult in the situation, he had an inherent duty to protect the child. “You had numerous opportunities in the course of these chats to stop and say ‘wait a minute,’ this is a bad idea, but you didn’t, you never stopped,” said McCahill. “You made a terrible choice, and there are no rewind buttons in life,” continued McCahill.
Klink received an additional thirty-four years and six months of suspended time and is prohibited from any contact with the victim. Upon his release from prison, Klink will be placed on seven years of supervised probation followed by lifelong unsupervised probation. Pursuant to Virginia’s Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry Act, Klink will also be required to register as a sex offender.