Updated: 08/07/2014 7:30 PM
Created: 08/07/2014 7:18 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart
A 27-year-old St. Paul man has been sentenced for producing child pornography.
Last week, Douglas Robinette received a sentence of 30 years in federal prison. He was indicted on April 9, 2013, and pleaded guilty to one count of production of child pornography on Nov. 8, 2013, according to the U.S. Attorney.
“Distributing child pornography re-victimizes the children in these cases,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Lola Velazquez-Aguilu. “The defendant in this case sexually assaulted a young boy, digitally recorded the assaults, and emailed the images, virtually guaranteeing that they will forever exist in cyberspace. We hope that this sentence sends a strong message to others who trade in images of sexual violence against children.”
According to documents filed in court, Robinette was convicted on Nov. 11, 2010, of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in Kanabec County. He was sentenced to 12 years in state prison.
After Robinette’s conviction in Kanabec County, the United States Attorney’s Office investigated and prosecuted him for the production of child pornography.
According to his guilty plea in federal court, he induced a developmentally delayed boy to engage in sexually explicit conduct, which he recorded on his cellphone. Robinette admitted to engaging in sexual contact with the boy on several occasions, and producing and distributing images of the sexual contact, according to the attorney’s office.
The case was part of a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.