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Oct 5, 2011 12:27 PM by Sharlee Barriere

Mississippi Man Pleads Guilty to Rape of Girl

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss (AP) - After she was kidnapped from her home in Slidell, La., driven across the state line into Mississippi, raped on the side of the road then left behind at a gas station, a stranded 11-year-old girl was approached by yet another man.
Sean Robertson, 21, of Waveland, Miss., told the child that he would help her, said Hancock County, Miss., Assistant District Attorney Crosby Parker. He had a phone at his apartment, he said.
Robertson pleaded guilty Tuesday in Hancock County to statutory rape, just a week after the girl's first attacker, 30-year-old Christopher Spiehler, of Slidell, was convicted by a St. Tammany Parish jury of aggravated rape, simple kidnapping and 50 counts of child pornography.
The girl had met Spiehler on Vampirefreaks.com several weeks before the April 2010 incident, she testified last week at Spiehler's trial. He said he was 18; she said she was 14.
They met up once and he had sex with her in the front seat of his car. The next day, she told him she didn't want to see him again, she testified.
But she was having trouble at home and decided to run away to Florida, where a 17-year-old boy she met on the vampire site lived. She called Spiehler and asked him for a ride.
She met him at midnight on a street corner near her home, carrying several suitcases.
Spiehler, in a taped confession to police, described driving the girl to a Mississippi beach town, where he pulled off on the side of the road, raped her in the back of his rented SUV, and then drove to a gas station.
The girl still wanted to go to Florida and told him that, if he wouldn't take her, she would hitchhike, he told police.
"I told her that was not a good idea," he told police. "Because there's no telling who could have picked her up. Someone could have seriously hurt her."
At the gas station, he handed the girl $5 and asked her to go inside and buy him a bag of chips. He drove off, her bags still in his car, and headed home to Slidell.
Surveillance videos from the gas station show the girl wander out a bit later, around 2 a.m., Parker said. She looked around for Spiehler's car, clearly upset, and then Robertson approached.
It was a random, chance encounter that led to the girl being raped a second time in the same morning.
Robertson told her that the man she arrived with had taken off. She asked to use his phone, but he said he didn't have one on him.
Robertson told police that the girl told him she was 18. She said she told him she was 14.
He invited her to come home with him and use his phone there. They took a quick nap and the girl made a few calls.
Then Robertson had sex with her and she called her father back home in Slidell.
She took a taxi to a nearby Wal-Mart where police, notified by her father, were waiting.
Robertson pleaded guilty Monday to statutory rape, accepting a 25-year sentence. The judge then suspended 10 years. Parker said the girl and her family approved of the plea deal to save her from testifying at a second rape trial.
Spiehler's conviction for aggravated rape carries a mandatory life sentence, which Judge Peter Garcia will impose on Oct. 13.
He also has an outstanding charge of statutory rape in Hancock County, where he allegedly raped the girl on the side of the road. Parker said that, after Spiehler is formally sentenced to life in prison, he will meet with the girl and her family again to decide whether to move forward with that charge.

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