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Savannah man pleads guilty to sexual exploitation of minor


A Savannah man has pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor before a U.S. District Court Judge. 

Robert A. Flaesch, 46, of Savannah, entered a guilty plea last week at the U.S. Courthouse in Savannah. 

United States Attorney Edward J. Tarver said, "This defendant admitted to using a child to produce videos of child pornography. The U.S. Attorney's Office aggressively prosecutes individuals, like this defendant, who are involved in the sexual exploitation of children. This prosecution sends a message that we will do all in our power to protect our children from such predatory acts."    

The evidence at Flaesch's hearing showed that between 1998 and 2003, Flaesch was involved in a relationship with the mother of a minor child. He often lived with the mother and child at different locations, including Tybee Island and Pooler. During this time, Flaesch had a hidden video camera at different locations within the residences and filmed the young child while undressed. He also crept into the child's room while they were sleeping and filmed himself engaging in sexually explicit conduct with the minor child. 

In 2011, the Garden City Police Department was provided with the videos recorded by Flaesch.

After an investigation by the FBI, federal agents arrested Flaesch this year in Detroit, while he was returning from a trip to the Philippines. 

Flaesch now faces a maximum of 40 years in prison and will be required to register as a sex offender, and will also be subject to a term of supervised release once he is released from prison. 

Flaesch remains in the custody of the U.S. Marshal Service pending sentencing.

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