0

Defense attorney charged with sexual exploitation

By Daniel Silliman

dsilliman@news-daily.com

At first, no one was worried when the 36-year-old defense attorney connected with a colleague's 16-year-old daughter in an online social networking site.

Robin Meredith "Robbie" Levin, who worked with the Clayton County Indigent Defense Office, showed his co-worker her daughter's Facebook site, where the girl had posted pictures and her friends had posted comments.

No one was worried, either, when Levin began to chat with the girl through an instant messaging system.

The girl's mother, an employee of the Indigent Defense Office, who is not being named, told police she, "was not concerned Levin was chatting with her daughter, because she knew him personally," Clayton County Police Detective Joanne Southerland wrote in an arrest warrant application.

However, as the conversations developed, the 16-year-old became "freaked out," and told her mother Levin had begun making sexual comments.

In the beginning of October, two months after the two first connected on Facebook, Levin allegedly asked the girl if she was a virgin and asked "how far she had gone with boys."

About two weeks later, he allegedly e-mailed her a picture of himself, naked, and asked if she was a good kisser, suggesting he could "test her out," according to court documents.

That left the mother "very, very disturbed," said Clayton County Police Chief Jeff Turner.

The next day, the mother called Turner, and reported her co-worker's conversations.

"They were friends," the chief said, "and then that escalated one step forward, as far as being 'touchy-feely'. And then, it slid to another level, where he actually wanted to meet the girl."

Clayton County Police arrested Levin at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, at the Steak 'n Shake Restaurant on Mt. Zion Road, where he was allegedly planning to meet the 16-year-old..

On Oct. 11, police took over the girl's Facebook page, e-mail account and instant messaging accounts, continuing the conversation with Levin, who was online under the name "rlevin111." Over the following 12 days, the sexually explicit content of the conversations escalated and, according to police, Levin e-mailed obscene pictures, broadcast obscene acts on a web cam and set up the meeting at the Morrow restaurant.

Levin, of Atlanta, was charged with two misdemeanors -- criminal attempt to contribute to the delinquency of a minor, and furnishing obscene material to a minor electronically. He also is charged with one felony, sexual exploitation of children.

If convicted, Levin faces the maximum possible sentence of 12 years in prison and could be disbarred from practicing law.

Levin has defended many indigent suspects in Clayton County courts, and has a reputation for being talented and personable. In 2004, he successfully defended a man accused of participating in the shooting death of 4-year-old Travon Wilson.

Police interviewed the 36-year-old for more than two hours, Tuesday night, but would not comment on what he said.

A relative, who lives with Levin in Atlanta, declined to comment on the charges.

Noting that the police department recently arrested a Clayton County police officer on charges of Internet sex crimes against children, Turner said the crime cuts across social status, job descriptions and racial and economic lines.

"If you prey on our children, we're going to come at you with every resource possible," Turner said. "It does not matter to us who you are or what you do ..."

Levin's first appearance was Wednesday afternoon in Clayton County Magistrate Court. His probable cause hearing has not been set.