SANTA ANA (CBS) —  A 42-year-old Newport Beach man was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday after he pleaded guilty to molesting a 12-year-old girl he met through a social networking site.

Samuel Brent Robertson, who pretended he was 24, was arrested in November 2010 in Ladera Ranch as he was about to meet the girl, Orange County Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Walker said.

After starting the online relationship, Robertson picked up the girl at her middle school in Ladera Ranch in mid-October 2010, Walker said. He drove her to Newport Beach’s Back Bay area where he had sexual relations with her, Walker said.

Walker picked up the girl again on Nov. 1, 2010 and drove her to his house in Newport Beach where he again sexually assaulted her, Walker said.

There was another sexual encounter two days later, the prosecutor added.

The victim’s mother discovered text messages between the two and notified Orange County sheriff’s deputies.

Robertson accepted a plea deal from Orange County Superior Court Judge Craig Robison.

Walker objected because she thought Robertson deserved more time in prison.

Robertson does not have a prior criminal record, but his plea deal amounts to two strikes. If he has another brush with the law after being released from prison it could be considered a third strike, which would lead to life in prison, Walker said.

The victim’s parents also wanted Robertson to get a stiffer sentence, but they were relieved their daughter wouldn’t have to testify at trial, Walker said.

Robertson pleaded guilty to 23 felony counts of luring a child with intent to commit a crime, lewd or lascivious acts with a minor, and meeting a minor to commit a lewd act, according to court records. He also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of disobeying a court order because he contacted the victim after his arrest, Walker said.

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Comments (7)
  1. ILLEGALS says:

    42 or 24? What’s the difference? LoL!! I heard they don’t like child molesters & rapists in prison. They better put him in segregation unit upon arrival. 😀

  2. bigpicture says:

    The child was 12 years old? How did she not have parental supervision or school supervision at that age?? Several times this child was away from home and with this man (or anyone for that matter) for long lengths of time…who is really the one to blame here and should get the higher sentence, the person that commited the act or the people who allowed the act to happen in the first place….hmmm….

  3. mom-of-a-kid says:

    Bigpicture, you either are not a parent, or else you are niaive enough to believe that you are omniscient when it comes to your own children. You have to allow your kiids an age appropriate amount of independence if they are to grow into competent adults. Every parent knows that there is danger in those couple hours at home alone, before they get home from work. There is danger in allowing your 12 year old to walk over to her friend’s house or the mall when she asks. We know that even though we moniter internet use, we don’t see every post, every comment, every minute of every day. On the other hand these are reasonable, age appropriate things for her to do. What are you going to do? Deny her the opportunity to live a normal life and grow into a functioning adult out of fear that she will fall victim to a crime that is statistically unlikely to happen? It is an illusion bourne out of ignorance to believe that parents are omniscient, omnipotent and able to protect their children from all harm. The rapist raped this child. I see nothing in this article suggesting that it occured through her parent’s action or neglect.

    1. Realist says:

      There was several sexual encounters after the first meeting and sexting back and forth? I guess the victim thought the 42 year old man was also 12 years old or maybe 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 ?

  4. Realist says:

    Bad man / Naughty little victim

  5. Realist says:

    Youngster playing with adults usually ends up bad 😦

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