Man snared in child-predator sting sentenced
A Clifton man was sentenced Wednesday to six years in Mesa County Community Corrections for sending photos of himself molesting a 13-year-old girl, a Web camera and requests for nude photos to an undercover officer conducting a child-predator sting investigation.
Robert Arthur Brewster, 39, also faces what could amount to a life sentence in prison if he fails to comply with sex-offender treatment and other regulations while serving his sentence in community corrections, according to the sentence handed down by District Judge Richard Gurley.
“The court’s order for treatment is meaningless unless you want it,” Gurley told Brewster.
In a rambling speech, Brewster insisted he did want treatment, while repeatedly apologizing to the girl whom he victimized by taking nude photos of himself molesting her. Brewster posted several of the photos oo the Internet.
“I’ve tried to come to grips with what I’ve done,” Brewster told the judge, saying he had strayed from his faith.
According to an arrest affidavit, Brewster over several weeks in March corresponded online with a police detective in Kentucky, who was posing as an underage girl. During the exchanges, Brewster sent the officer more than 250 pornographic images, some showing girls, believed to be between the ages of 6 and 12, in sex acts, the affidavit said.
Brewster at one point told the officer he had purchased a Web camera for her, and he asked her to send him images of her genitals.
Brewster mailed the camera and included his return address and the initials RAB on the package.
The father of the young girl whom Brewster molested and photographed in her sleep is a former correctional officer and law enforcement investigator. He said his experience suggests sex offenders aren’t rehabilitated in prison and that Brewster needed treatment if he wanted it.
“When the investigating officers say it was some of the worst things they had ever seen, that means something to me,” the father told the judge, referring to the materials found in Brewster’s home. “It should mean something to you.”