Man frequently tied up two girls

Child molester sentenced to life in prison

An Imperial Beach man convicted of tying up and molesting two girls – ages 6 and 8 – was sentenced yesterday to life in prison.

In August, a jury found Robert Samuel Kircher, 41, guilty of multiple counts of aggravated sexual battery and lewd and lascivious conduct on children under the age of 14.

He also was convicted of one count of possessing child pornography related to images found on his home computer.

San Diego Superior Court Judge William Kennedy said Kircher’s prison sentence was broken into two consecutive terms: 140 years to life, plus an additional eight years and eight months.

The judge explained that Kircher was eligible for the lengthy sentence because the molestations took place at different times and in different places, and because the victims were especially vulnerable.

During Kircher’s trial, prosecutors said he repeatedly molested the daughters of two women he dated, starting in 1999.

One of the victims, who often stayed overnight with her mother at Kircher’s house, testified that Kircher had sex with her several times a week on the couch where she slept.

In 2001, Kircher met a Georgia woman and molested her 6-year-old daughter when the family moved to Imperial Beach to live with him.

Both girls testified that Kircher bound them with either duct tape or rope. One said she was molested while tied to an exercise bench.

Kircher’s lawyer, Gerald Smith, argued that the two girls made up the accusations.

Yesterday in court, Kircher said he couldn’t understand how he could face such a hefty prison sentence.

“I’ve always done good for people,” Kircher said. “I just don’t understand how the system works.”

A few family members described him in court as a well-respected, hard-working man who had always lent a helping hand to others.

But prosecutor Claudine Ruiz described a different Kircher, one whose crimes against two young girls demonstrated “violence,” “cruelty” and “viciousness.”

The mother of one of the victims said her family has been devastated by Kircher’s actions. The woman told the judge she waited for days to hear a verdict of “guilty” from the jury, but the experience left her unsettled. “Although it was a victory, I really don’t feel like a winner,” she said.

Published in: on November 3, 2007 at 3:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

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