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Cyber crime sting nets 2 busts in a month


For the second time in a month, cyber-crimes officers have caught a suspected child predator.

Blake Edward Robey, 27, had never been arrested, had no criminal record, but cyber crimes officers say they found him trolling for a child victim on the internet.

Kristie Brian, Longview Police says, "He thought he was sending messages and communicating over the internet, text messages to a 14-year-old child...he did contact one of our undercover detectives."

Investigators say Robey was disturbingly clear about what he was after.

"You don't know who you're talking to on the other end of that conversation, a lot of parents think they're just having a conversation, says Brian, "Mr. Robey did arrange to meet who he thought was an underage child."

Robey arranged a meeting with what he thought was the 14-year-old child at a location in the 1500 block of North Eastman Road. Police were waiting for him.

Robey was then arrested, police say, before he could victimize anyone.

Officer Brian says, "We stopped a predator at the beginning--he's never been arrested and we did stop him in the beginning."

Robey now faces the possibility of becoming a registered sex offender, and cyber crimes will continue the hunt.

"You just never know who, yes we caught this guy, but there's so many others out there that we don't know," Officer Brian said, "And hopefully protect at least one if not many more of our kids."

Blake Edward Robey is in the Gregg County Jail, charged with felony online solicitation of a minor.

If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison.

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