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Man is sentenced in child sex case

The Lake Mary man pleaded no contest to soliciting a child and transmitting child pornography.

Published January 21, 2005

LARGO - A Central Florida man has been sentenced to just under two years in prison for trying to arrange a sexual encounter with a 12-year-old boy over a computer.

Robert B. Corwin, 48, of Lake Mary pleaded no contest earlier this month to felony charges of soliciting a child and transmitting child pornography.

Clearwater police arrested Corwin, 46, in February 2003 after he met a man online who claimed to have a 12-year-old son. Corwin arranged a meeting with the father for the purpose of having sex with the child. Corwin's online contact was actually an undercover police detective posing as the father.

Corwin also sent the undercover detective three pictures of young boys engaged in sexual or lewd conduct. The undercover investigator suggested that they meet at a location on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard in Clearwater.

Corwin made the 120-mile drive from Lake Mary, which is just north of Orlando, and met the undercover detective, who was still posing as the father of the 12-year-old child.

Corwin then agreed to follow the man to his house with the intention of meeting the boy for sex. Police then arrested him. Arrest reports indicate Corwin admitted to the charges.

Clearwater police alerted authorities in Lake Mary that Corwin probably had child pornography on his computer. A computer forensics team found dozens of photos of child pornography that had been exchanged and downloaded, authorities said.

Eleven months later, Seminole County authorities charged Corwin with 99 counts of possessing child pornography. He was transferred to that county's jail after his sentencing in Pinellas County.

[Last modified January 21, 2005, 00:30:24]

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