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Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of the Attorney General

Mark Herring
Attorney General

202 North Ninth Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219

 

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Charlotte Gomer, Press Secretary
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FIVE-TIME CONVICTED RICHMOND SEX OFFENDER SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS FOR ELECTRONIC SOLICITATION OF A MINOR

~ Robert Wojda of Richmond was caught soliciting minors online after having previously been convicted of child exploitation offenses in Virginia, Florida, and Ohio ~

RICHMOND (July 9, 2018) –Robert Gale Wojda, 56, of Richmond has been sentenced to 20 years in a Virginia correctional facility with an additional 60 years suspended, after pleading guilty to two counts of using an electronic communications system to solicit a minor under the age of 15.  Attorney General Mark R. Herring, whose team successfully prosecuted the case, announced the result after the defendant was sentenced by Richmond City Circuit Court Judge Beverly W. Snukals. 

 

“This man has proven himself to be an ongoing danger to Virginia children with no intent of changing his behavior, which is why he will spend the next two decades behind bars where he belongs,” said Attorney General Herring. “I appreciate the hard work of everyone involved, from the probation officer who flagged his suspicious activity, to the Richmond detectives who investigated, and the prosecutors from my office who secured this sentence.”

 

Evidence presented in court showed that Wojda, a registered sex offender with previous convictions for child exploitation offenses in Virginia, Florida, and Ohio, was identified by law enforcement after his Virginia probation officer discovered that Wojda was maintaining a Facebook account that he used to communicate with minors, in violation of the terms of his probation that resulted from a 2012 Fairfax County conviction for electronic solicitation of a minor.  In an interview with Richmond City Police detectives, Wojda admitted engaging in sexually explicit conversations with minors on Facebook and Skype, and to sending explicit photographs.  Wojda also consented to a search of his cell phone, which revealed sexually-explicit communications with a 14-year-old girl.  During these conversations, Wojda exposed himself to the girl and requested that she do the same.

 

This case was investigated by the Richmond City Police Department and the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.  Assistant Attorney General Stacey Rohrs of the Virginia Attorney General’s Office prosecuted the case on behalf of the Commonwealth, with assistance from the Richmond City Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

 

 

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