ISP worker charged with child sexual abuse

Posted: Friday, June 30, 2000

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A worker for a local Internet service provider has been indicted on charges of sexual abusing two 15-year-old girls he met in an on-line chat room.

Robert ''Shawn'' Christian, 22, is charged with three felony counts of sexual abuse of a minor.

Christian, an systems administrator at MosquitoNet, is charged with using the Internet and chat rooms to meet underage females to initiate sexual relationships.

If found guilty, Christian could face up to 10 years in prison for each count, according to prosecutors.

Police detective Randy Coffey said the investigation started when a sister of the second alleged victim went to police claiming her underage sister and Christian had sex the day before.

The second victim told her sister that she and Christian had been meeting every day at lunch for ''hugging and kissing'' before they had sex in May, according to the sister's testimony in search warrants.

The other counts arose from incidents involving a Fairbanks girl Christian allegedly contacted on the Internet when he was still living in Arizona, Coffey said.

Christian later met the girl and her family when he vacationed in Alaska, Coffey said. The family allowed him to live with them for almost six months in 1997 and 1998 while ''he got on his feet in Fairbanks,'' he said.

Christian was 19 years old at the time he allegedly had a relationship involving sex with the first victim, Coffey said. Police are researching whether he had sexual relationships with minors in Arizona.

Police have seized several computers used by Christian and a number of computer disks and files.

MosquitoNet president Bill St. Pierre said he was surprised by the charges against Christian, who has worked for the company for about 18 months.

''He's been a real good employee, he's a good guy,'' St. Pierre said. ''I hope there's some confusion here than can be cleared up.''

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