Basic training in the Army can be a drag, so it's small wonder that a man might seek diversion.
When that diversion involves sending videos of himself masturbating to a 12-year-old girl, and getting similarly explicit photos in return, then there's trouble.
Robert Douglas Dewitt, 20, was sentenced to five years in federal prison today for his computer and phone exchanges with a Fort Bend County girl he knew was only 12 years old.
Dewitt was in basic training in Missouri earlier this year and met the girl through MySpace, proving MySpace still exists.
She told him initially she was 18. But, the US Attorney's office says, "Dewitt and the victim communicated regularly by both phone and computer during which time the victim informed Dewitt that she was 12 years old. However, he told the victim that it was okay to continue their friendship/relationship."
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What a relationship it was:
A forensic examination of the victim's family computer indicated he requested and encouraged the victim to send sexually explicit pictures to him. In addition, the forensic examination of that computer as well as Dewitt's mobile phone also recovered the exchange of sexual images and videos, provocative text and electronic mail and music with sexual content during the period of Jan. 8, 2010, through Feb. 23, 2010.
Among the recovered files, the examinations also discovered Dewitt sent a total of 10 videos of himself masturbating, one video of himself masturbating and ejaculating and at least four nude photos of himself.
Dewitt has been in custody pending his sentencing and will remain so.