Child pornography stockpiling nets Ogden man multiple prison sentences

Thursday , November 14, 2013 - 1:39 PM

Andreas Rivera, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — A man convicted of trading vast amounts of child pornography for nearly eight years has been sentenced to prison.

Curtis Lynn Robbins, 49, pleaded guilty in October to 10 charges of sexual exploitation of a minor. On Wednesday at the 2nd District Court of Ogden, Judge Brent West handed down the maximum sentence of one to 15 years in prison for each count. Those prison terms will run concurrently.

Robbins’ defense attorney, Michael Bouwhuis, argued that the defendant had no previous convictions and that probation would be a more appropriate punishment.

State prosecutor Letitia Toombs said a prison term was perfectly appropriate because Robbins had previous brushes with the law investigating child pornography, first in 2005 and again in 2011, neither resulting in an arrest.

A search warrant was served on his home in September after an investigation by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Robbins had apparently uploaded several explicit images to Facebook, which were quickly deleted.

A search yielded nearly 2,000 images being pulled from Robbins’ computer and phone, Toombs said.

His crimes were especially heinous because he would use his collected images to “go fishing” for even more, by using fake online profiles to lure in children.

“A child has to be violated for this image to be created, and every time these images are accessed, that victim is violated again and again,” Toombs said.

Robbins pleaded to the court to be lenient and that it was a “terrible mistake” that he will regret for the rest of his life.

Despite Robbins’ apology and having no criminal history, West agreed with the prosecution.

He said the images were especially explicit and that the age range of children in the images were from 2 to 17 years old.

Contact reporter Andreas Rivera at 801-625-4227 or arivera@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter @SE_Andreas.

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