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Police: Accused lawyer confesses to sexually exploiting teen

By Daniel Silliman

dsilliman@news-daily.com

An attorney accused of sexually exploiting a co-worker's daughter didn't ask for a lawyer when arrested, according to police, and has confessed to the bulk of the allegations.

Robin Meredith "Robbie" Levin, a 36-year-old defense attorney, who worked with the Clayton County Indigent Defense Office, was arrested Tuesday afternoon at a Mt. Zion Road restaurant, after three months of Internet conversations with a 16-year-old girl, court documents show. Police apprehended Levin at the eatery and charged him with an attempt to contribute to the delinquency of a minor, furnishing obscene material to a minor, and the sexual exploitation of a child.

During a three-hour interview with Detective Joanne Southerland, Levin confessed he had chatted with the underage girl, using the screen name "rlevin111."

Levin confessed he said inappropriate things during online conversations with the teen, and said he had invited her to meet him at the Steak 'n Shake on Tuesday afternoon, according to arrest warrant affidavits filed by Southerland.

Police added another charge, on Wednesday, of a criminal attempt to interfere with custody.

The young attorney was planning to take the 16-year-old to a movie, and had urged her not to tell her parents, court documents show.

He "specifically advised [the 16-year-old] not to tell her parents that she was meeting the accused and to make something up about her whereabouts," Southerland wrote in the arrest warrant application.

Levin told Southerland the girl's mother "would kill him," if she knew of their meeting, according to the documents. Levin also admitted he was "probably too old" for the girl, who is not being named because she is a juvenile.

Southerland wrote, in the arrest warrant application, that Levin also confessed to other crimes, but she did not state what they were. Investigation is ongoing and additional criminal charges could be pending.

According to police, Levin had been exchanging e-mails and chatting with the teen for three months until the conversation turned sexual, and the girl reportedly "freaked out," and told her mother.

The girl's mother called Police Chief Jeff Turner on Oct. 11. For the next 12 days, the teen's e-mail, instant messages and Facebook accounts were taken over by Detective Southerland. She saw the sexual advances escalate, to the point where Levin was sending images of himself performing lewd acts, and was arranging the afternoon meeting, police said.

During his first appearance, on Wednesday afternoon, Levin was given a $60,000 bond.

John Turner, executive assistant district attorney, said the bond was too low, since the investigation is still ongoing. Chief Magistrate Court Judge Daphne Walker said she couldn't comment on the bond amount.

Bonds are set based on the charges and the individual's criminal record. Levin has no criminal record, and is charged with two misdemeanors and two felonies. Bonds are not meant to punish the accused, but to ensure the person returns to court and can only be denied, if the defendant is a danger to the community or a flight risk.

Levin made his bond and was released on Thursday.

Levin's probable cause hearing is set for Nov. 6.