A year-old Sterling man stands accused of attempting to lure a minor over Craigslist for the purpose of engaging in a sexual encounter, according to the Cayuga County Sheriff's Office. Deputies charged Robert J. Stachura, whose last known address is Sterling Valley Road, with attempted disseminating indecent material to a minor, a felony, on Wednesday.
Further charges are pending the outcome of an ongoing investigation. The sheriff's office is also working with the Cayuga County District Attorney's Office in this matter. According to a news release, the arrest came after the sheriff's office conducted luring investigation after becoming aware of Stachura's alleged advertisements on Craigslist. Deputies said Stachura was also posting lewd images.
Deputies said they were recently made aware of the posts that were made on Craigslist and are investigating just how long they have continued. On May 7, a sheriff's detective, posing as a year-old boy, conversed with Stachura over Craigslist. Deputies said the Sterling man eventually requested to meet for a sexual encounter with the year-old along with a year-old friend.
The encounter was set in a public park in Fair Haven Wednesday afternoon. Undercover sheriff's personnel were stationed throughout the park with arrest teams planted near the meet point. At around 5 p. Stachura, deputies said, acknowledged that he was the person who scheduled the encounter.
The ruse was short-lived, however. Deputies said Stachura realized the undercover deputy was not 15 years old and drove away from the scene. An arrest team then took the Sterling man into custody without further incident. Deputies found a laptop and other evidence inside Stachura's vehicle.
An interview and further investigation revealed that child pornography was on the computer. The charge is "attempted," deputies said, because the other party involved in the case was a detective and not an actual minor.
Deputies are investigating Stachura's criminal history and said they are aware of a criminal offense involving children stemming from another state, but the exact nature of that offense is unknown at this time. Anyone with further information about Stachura can contact Detective Sgt.
Frederick Cornelius at or Detective Steve Smith at Anonymous tips may be left at cayugacrime. Staff writer Greg Mason can be reached at or greg. Follow him on Twitter CitizenMason. In the advertisements he placed on the "casual encounters" section of Craigslist, Robert J. Stachura made his intentions clear. The boy Robert Stachura was attempting to seduce didn't want anyone to find out about his sex life.
That suited Stachura all too well. Get local news delivered to your inbox!
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