N.J. man guilty in Net porn case

April 09, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A former Baltimore County man was convicted yesterday on charges that he traveled to Carroll County last year intending to have sex with a person he thought was a 13-year-old girl he had met on the Internet.

Instead of meeting young "lisalee," Robert Michael Rysak, 42, was met at a Finksburg fast-food restaurant by a state trooper from Maryland Internet task force. He was charged with using a computer for child pornography and with attempted second-degree sexual assault.

In January, Rysak's lawyer challenged the two charges, arguing that the computer statute did not cover conversations and that a sexual assault was impossible without a victim.

Yesterday, Carroll Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. found Rysak, formerly of Chase and now of Mount Laurel, N.J., guilty on both counts and scheduled sentencing for May 27. In a written opinion in February, the judge said the Maryland computer statute applies to soliciting minors for sex, and he agreed with courts in Virginia and Illinois that have rejected the argument that no crime is committed if the potential victim is fictitious.

A bill intended to close any perceived loophole in the child-pornography computer law by outlawing soliciting sex from "someone believed to be a minor"

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