Maryland Man Pleads Guilty to Enticing a Child and Conspiring to Distribute Heroin
ALEXANDRIA, VA—Robert Chin, 65, of Silver Spring, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to conspiring to distribute heroin to young women in return for sexual favors, including enticing a child into engaging in sexual activity. Neil H MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Debra Evans Smith, Acting Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office; and Barry Barnard, Acting Chief of the Prince William County Police Department, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by United States District Judge T S Ellis, III. Chin pleaded guilty to enticement of a minor and conspiracy to distribute heroin, which both carry a mandatory minimum of 10 years and a maximum penalty of life in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for April 5, 2013.
Chin will also be required to register as a sex offender. According to a statement of facts filed with his plea agreement, from 2007 until his arrest in November 2012, Chin conspired with others to bring heroin and oxycodone into the Washington Metropolitan Area. Chin would then distribute the drugs to young women, including at least one minor, in return for sexual favors. In June 2012, Chin filmed at least some of the encounters with the minor girl in which she performed a number of sex acts with different individuals after receiving drugs from Chin.
This case was investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office, with assistance from the Prince William County/Manassas City/Manassas Park Narcotics Task Force. Assistant United States Attorney John Eisinger is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States. This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children and to identify and rescue victims.
For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about Internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “Resources.” A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.justice.gov/usao/vae.
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