Former army specialist faces 10 years to life for rape of 13-year-old girl
A former soldier at Fort Benning, Ga., Risks a minimum of 10 years, if not life, in prison for taking a 13-year-old runaway girl from Florida to his barracks, where over a six-day period in May and June, he repeatedly raped her and took photos and videos.
Former CPS. Samuel Ray Robinson, 23, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a count of transporting a minor with the intention of engaging in criminal sexual activity. US District Judge Clay D. Land has set his sentencing hearing for December 17.
Robinson faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and up to life in prison, under federal laws regarding sex crimes involving minors. There is no parole in the federal system.
He also faces a maximum fine of $ 250,000 and a maximum life-time supervised release, according to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of Georgia.
Based on court documents, interviews with police and an FBI agent, here’s how the couple met and the incidents unfolded:
Robinson told authorities that in April, he met the girl from Florida in an online Narcotics Anonymous recovery group. The couple began to communicate independently of the group. He claims she told him she was 18 at the time.
Over the next few weeks, they made plans for her to visit him at Fort Benning, where he was stationed.
On May 27, the girl fled from her Santa Rosa Beach home. That same day, Robinson drove the eight-hour round trip to a gas station in Destin, Florida, about half an hour from the girl’s home, where he picked her up and picked her up. brought her back to her barracks at Fort Benning.
The girl remained in Robinson’s room for the next six days. During this time, they had sex several times. He then told authorities that he took at least 100 nude photos and videos of her, including the couple engaged in sexual acts.
Robinson also admitted to police that at one point, before going to pick her up in Destin, the girl told him she was 15.
On June 2, Robinson dropped the girl off at an Econo Lodge hotel on Victory Drive, just outside Fort Benning.
That day, the girl contacted her mother and shared a GPS “code” indicating that she was at the motel in Columbus, Georgia. Local police were dispatched to pick her up and bring her back to Florida. Police also later recovered data showing that the girl’s phone “rang” at Fort Benning between May 27 and June 2, and that she had contacted Robinson, according to the US prosecutor’s office.
Deputies from the Walton County, Florida Sheriff’s Office contacted the Fort Benning Criminal Investigation Division on June 14 regarding the 13-year-old runaway girl.
On July 15, FBI agent John W. Goodpaster interviewed Robinson about his relationship with the girl. He was arrested on August 24 under a federal warrant.
“Robinson targeted a vulnerable minor online, took her away from home for hours and kept her in hiding, repeatedly abusing her. He will pay a hefty fine for his egregious crime – federal prison without parole, ”said US Attorney Charlie Peeler. “I would like to thank the Fort Benning CID, authorities in Columbus and the Walton County Sheriff’s Office for investigating this matter and bringing the victim back to her home safely.”
Robinson has been discharged from the military and will have to register as a sex offender if he gets out of prison.
“Robinson’s behavior is not tolerated in the US military and hopefully it will bring some comfort to his victim and prevent him from targeting other such vulnerable people,” the US military’s special agent said. FBI, Micah Rush.
Todd South has written on crime, courts, government and the military for several publications since 2004 and was named a 2014 Pulitzer finalist for a co-authored project on witness intimidation. Todd is a veteran of the Iraq War Marines.