Willard 'pedophile' sentenced for attempted kidnapping

A Willard man who tried to kidnap a 12-year-old girl from her home was sentenced Thursday to 12 years in prison.
Jessica Cuffman
Jan 5, 2013


Robert Streit, 32, admitted he is a pedophile and claimed self-loathing in a letter he wrote to the court for his sentencing hearing.

But his plea for leniency wasn't enough for Huron County Common Pleas Court Judge James Conway, who mostly accepted the prosecutor's impassioned plea for a serious sentence.

Huron County prosecutor Russ Leffler said he recommended the maximum of 14 years because Streit's kidnapping attempt was the worst form of the offense.

"He didn't have prior records. He was a veteran. I don't know why we didn't get the max, but we came close," Leffler said. "He was armed, but he was going into a home to grab a child. I can't imagine a worse burglary. This isn't your coin collection."

Streit entered a West Pearl Street home in Willard on Sept. 1 while the girl and her family were sleeping. The girl awoke to find Streit running his finger across her forehead, according to a police report.

Streit then picked up the girl and carried her to the back door of the house.

"Luckily the girl had her wits about her and asked to get her shoes," Leffler said.

When Streit let her go, she went and woke up her brother, who roused her father.

Streit took off running and the girl's father chased after him. Willard police soon caught him and arrested him.

In January 2012, Willard police raided Streit's home after the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force flagged excessive downloading of child pornography at his IP address.

When Streit tried to kidnap the 12-year-old, police were still waiting on his computers to be analyzed.

In Streit's letter, he claimed he was drunk the night he tried to kidnap the girl. Otherwise, he would have resisted his impulses, he said.

"Just because he had some awareness, if he can't control his behavior, what good does that do the rest of us?" Leffler said.

In November, Streit pleaded guilty to attempted kidnapping, burglary, and two counts pandering obscenity involving a minor. In exchange for his plea, prosecutors dismissed two additional pandering charges.

Huron County public defender David Longo did not return calls seeking comment.


Phil Packer

12 year olds, Dude.

Taxed Enough Already

and counting in for good behavior he will be back out and "in business" probably before the victim is legally able to drive.


Sex-offenders are not eligible for good time credits or parole. They have to serve day for day.


If his sentence was an indefinate sentence, which it is not (indefinate is a sentance like 5 to 25) he would be eligible for parole. As it stands now there is no parole except for those who where sentenced prior to all sentences becoming 'flat-time' or thos who receive a life sentence and are eligible to see the parole board at 20 or so years. Though those receiving a life without parole, it means just that, you leave in a box.

2cents's picture

(he claimed he was drunk)
Here we go, sue the alcohol company’s; it is always the company’s fault.
Simple sentence, have him walk to Peele Island on the ice; if he makes it then he can live in jail.


Kinna looks like "Zippy the Pinhead". From '70s counterculture comic books. Seriously.

Just Sayin IMHO

He, and all sex offender, need to have a permanent ankle bracelet to access their whereabouts at all times. If they try to tamper with it, they get picked up. Or microchips, like dogs. Since they want to act like animals. In all of the crime stories I have read, every criminal starts out with things like this, and it never stops. There are always more charges add to the rap sheet as time goes on. And they never reach a plateau, oh no.... they escalate... think about that.

I am so angry and completely saddened by the state of my hometown since I moved back to it. I live in Sandusky. I had been gone for almost half my life. But having been born and raised here..... it's just so very different. My heart breaks. What have we become? How do we change it back?

What do we do?

2cents's picture

(permanent ankle bracelet)
Don’t forget the chain and concrete block option. It is a free add on for his walk to Pelee Island on ice.


Evidently he's still in circulation..:)