No jail time for Abbotsford man who sent sexually explicit photos to 12-year-old

Judge says Robert Koenig believed the girl was 17 and that it was legal to send her such images

Robert Koenig

An Abbotsford man who sent sexually explicit images to a 12-year-old girl, including one of him wearing a diaper and with a soother in his mouth, will not serve any jail time.

Robert Madison Koenig, 25, was recently given a six-month conditional sentence after previously pleading guilty to two charges – making sexually explicit material available to someone under 18 and child luring.

Judge Kenneth Skilnick said evidence presented in Abbotsford provincial court supports Koenig’s assertion that he did not know that the complainant was 12. He instead thought she was 17, and he incorrectly presumed it was legal to exchange such images with a person of that age, Skilnick said.

The judge’s written ruling indicates that Koenig had been travelling with his family in Europe in August 2014 when he was using the app Whisper on his laptop. The social media platform allows users to anonymously post confessions and chat with other users.

Koenig responded to a post on Aug. 11, 2014, and then began exchanging messages with the individual, who was living in Utah.

During that exchange, he confessed that he had a fetish and sent a picture of himself wearing a diaper, according to the court documents.

RELATED: Abbotsford man accused of sharing porn online with 12-year-old girl

RELATED: Man pleads guilty to sending sexually explicit photos to 12-year-old girl

“The accused asked the complainant if she wanted to see pictures of him engaging in his fetish, and when she said she did, he sent seven more pictures of himself … some of which showed graphic imagery that is clearly inappropriate for children, and which many adults would find disgusting,” Skilnick said.

Later that day, the conversation turned to non-sexual matters, and Koenig asked the girl her age. She replied that she was in Grade 11, and did not reveal her true age, according to the court documents.

The pair exchanged phone numbers and continued to message each other via text.

The documents state that the two continued their sexually explicit conversation, including exchanging videos.

Skilnick said, in total, Koenig sent 15 photos and two videos to the girl, and the girl sent two photos and one video to Koenig.

The girl’s father became aware of the text messages on her phone on Aug. 19, 2014, and alerted police in their area.

Investigators then determined that Koenig lives in Abbotsford, and the matter was reported to local police.

Following an investigation, which included the seizure of his electronic devices, Koenig was arrested on July 9, 2015.

“He said that it was his honest belief that the complainant was 17 years of age, because that’s what she told him, and also because he believed that Whisper’s terms of service indicated that users should be at least 17 years of age,” Skilnick said in his written ruling.

Following Koenig’s arrest, police said he had posed as a 15-year-old boy during the exchanges with the victim, but that was not mentioned in the court documents.

Skilnick said Koenig has expressed “genuine remorse” for his behaviour, especially when he found out that the victim was only 12.

However, the judge said that Koenig’s “honest belief” about the girl’s age did not afford him a defence to the crimes for which he was sentenced.

A psychologist who interviewed Koenig prior to sentencing concluded that Koenig has a “clear sexual paraphilic infantilism disorder,” but this is not related to pedophilia or a sexual attraction to children.

The psychologist concluded that Koenig is at a “low risk for further sexual offending.”

The victim stated in her victim impact statement to the courts that she experiences feelings of sadness, guilt and rage, and believes Koenig is “sick and twisted.”

“The victim impact statement illustrates why this type of offence is so troublesome,” Skilnick said.

“When one engages in this type of conduct, he or she has no idea who is actually on the other end of the interaction in cyberspace. Often, it is a vulnerable child, as was the case here.”

A conditional sentence means that Koenig could go to jail if he breaches any of his court-ordered conditions. Those specific conditions were not listed in the written court ruling.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

B.C. sockeye returns drop as official calls 2019 ‘extremely challenging’

Federal government says officials are seeing the same thing off Alaska and Washington state

Northwest Wave Riders return from Victoria Dragon Boat Festival

This was the first time in 25 years that northern B.C. teams competed

Feds approve $4M for Tahltan protected and conserved areas

Well defined stewardship will help nation reduce uncertainties for resource partners

BC Parks student rangers complete several northwest B.C. conservation projects

This was the first time the summer program operated out of Terrace

Australian gold mining giant acquires Red Chris mine

Newcrest now owns 70 per cent of the mine south of Iskut and operatorship

Ethnic media aim to help maintain boost in voting by new Canadians

Statistics Canada says new Canadians made up about one-fifth of the voting population in 2016

BC SPCA overwhelmed with cats, kittens needing homes

Large number of cruelty investigations, plus normal ‘kitten season’ to blame

B.C. Hydro applies for rare cut in electricity rates next year

Province wrote off $1.1 billion debt to help reverse rate increase

Speculation tax forces sale of Greater Victoria’s iconic ‘Tulip House’

Bob and Jan Fleming selling their retirement home famous for its thousands of tulips

New police force in Surrey must avoid VPD, RCMP errors made in Pickton case: Oppal

Boots are scheduled to be on the ground by spring 2021

Man at centre of dropped HIV-disclosure case sues province and 10 cops

Brian Carlisle of Abbotsford says Mission RCMP defamed him and were ‘negligent’ in their investigation

Conan turns to the Property Brothers for tips on buying Greenland

Jonathan Scott suggests removing glaciers and mountains to bring in ‘more natural light’

Forests minister visits B.C. town rocked by multiple mill shutdowns

A third of Mackenzie turns out for rally, not much to cheer about

Most Read