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Robison gets 13 years in prison on local charge


WILLMAR -- Christopher Shawn Robison, 37, of Willmar, was sentenced Friday to 13 years in prison, plus a 10-year conditional release period, on a first-degree criminal sexual conduct charge for sexual contact with a now 4-year-old child in July 2011.

The sentence, handed down by District Judge Michael J. Thompson in Kandiyohi County District Court, will be served concurrently, or simultaneously, with Robison's 30-year federal prison sentence for the production of child pornography.

As part of a plea agreement and in order to have the sentences run concurrently, Robison received no credit for time served in the local case since his arrest on July 28, 2011. He was also ordered to pay a $50 fine and court fees from his prison earnings.

The hearing was delayed for about 45 minutes to allow Robison to contact his federal public defender to determine if his admission to the sexual contact would affect his federal case, which is now under appeal.

The victim's mother told the court that Robison is a master manipulator of women who have childhood issues that have not been addressed in adulthood. She also said she hopes Robison gets help for his sexual addiction and that he will ask forgiveness from God, because she couldn't forgive him for what he did to the girl.

The woman also asked that Robison get the maximum sentence allowed and said that prison was the right place for him so that he couldn't cause pain to any other vulnerable child.

Before he handed down the sentence, Judge Thompson appeared visibly disgusted by Robison, who did not appear to express emotion during the hearing.

"You've hurt (the) child ... all to satisfy your selfish desires." the judge said. "You've got a lot of atonement to do. I don't know if you are trying that or not."

Robison's 156-month sentence was the mid-range sentence in the state sentencing guidelines that call for a 144- to 173-month sentence on the first-degree charge.

In the federal case, Robison was sentenced to the maximum 30-year sentence in August in U.S. District Court, for taking illicit photos of the child during the sexual contact. He was federally indicted in December 2011 and pleaded guilty to the charge in May.

The photos were discovered on a cell phone by Willmar police and Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office detectives during the execution of a July 27 search warrant on a Willmar home.

In total, investigators found eight photos of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Robison also admitted to sexual conduct with the child on two prior occasions, in May and June of 2011.

The case began in District Court in July 2011, the day after the search warrant was executed and Robison was arrested. Two local charges for pornography were dismissed after Robison was indicted on the federal charge in December, leaving the local case with one charge, the first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

The investigation by Willmar police began when the Crow Wing County sheriff's detective informed local officials on July 22, 2011, that the detective had posed as a 13-year-old girl on the Internet and had been solicited for sex by Robison.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation was also involved in the investigation.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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