Man, 41, arrested in Net sex sting

State police corporal posing online as girl, 13, is offered money


February 06, 2002|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore County man was jailed yesterday on charges of arranging to pay for sexual acts with a fictitious 13-year-old girl in an Internet chat room and driving to meet her at a Finksburg fast-food restaurant - where he found undercover state troopers instead, authorities said.

Robert Michael Rysak, 41, of the 3800 block Dunsmuir Circle in the Chase area of eastern Baltimore County was being held at the Carroll County Detention Center in Westminster on $50,000 bail, set early yesterday by a Carroll District Court commissioner.

Rysak is accused of using a computer to solicit unlawful sexual conduct with a person he believed to be a minor, the nonexistent Lisa Jenkins.

The four charges are: using a computer for child pornography, punishable by up to 10 years in prison; attempted second-degree sex offense, punishable by up to 20 years; pandering, which has a 10-year maximum sentence; and soliciting someone younger than 16 for prostitution, which has a one-year maximum term.

The case began when Cpl. David L. Brauning of the state police Computer Crimes Unit in Columbia was working undercover on the Internet about 2:30 p.m. Monday, using the screen name lisalee13, according to charging documents in District Court.

Contact from `boblv4u'

He said he received an unsolicited contact from "boblv4u," then entered the chat room "Romance, Maryland Area," and was asked for age, gender and location.

When the trooper posing as 82-pound, 5-foot Lisa responded, "13, female and Maryland," he was asked, "How would you like to make a couple hundred dollars?" according to the charging documents.

The officer asked how to earn this money, and after an interruption in computer service, received a message asking for a picture and age, according to the charges.

Response from trooper

The trooper again replied 13, and the other said he was 41.

Later, the man sent a picture - of a man holding a fish - and said his real name was Bob.

"Go out with me and have some fun ... Will be safe. I will give you $200 to kiss me and maybe some more," the man said, according to the statement of charges.

A discussion about experimenting with sex ensued, with an exchange of questions: "Will you meet me, and if you like me, what will you do for 200?" "What do you like?" was the trooper's reply.

They arranged to meet at 4 p.m. in the parking lot of Roy Rogers Family Restaurant at Routes 140 and 91 in Finksburg, in a green Nissan Sentra, according to the charging documents.

Brauning waited inside the restaurant with a Carroll County sheriff's deputy, with members of the Maryland Internet Crimes against Children Task Force outside.

Arrest at restaurant

About 4:15 p.m. Monday, a Nissan circled the restaurant twice and parked, and officers approached the driver and asked him to get out of the car, according to the charging documents.

Brauning said in his report, "I stated, `Hey Bob, how are you?' The operator of the Nissan looked up, directly at me, then looked back down."

"The Maryland State Police are going to utilize all its resources to identify and apprehend and prosecute" online sex crimes, said Lt. Barry E. Leese, commander of the Computer Crimes Unit.

This is the unit's 28th case involving charges of online solicitation of minors.

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