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Child molester receives 35-year sentence


A Littlerock man was sentenced this week to 35 years to life in state prison for sexually assaulting a 3-month-old family member.

The District Attorney’s office announced that Robert Dale Schrader—who worked as a landscaper in the AntelopeValley—will begin serving the sentence after he finishes a nearly 21-year federal prison term stemming from his plea to a child pornography count for using his camera phone to make videos of the Jan. 11, 2014, attack.

Schrader, 36, pleaded no contest March 3 to one count of sodomy of a child 10 years or under and two counts of committing lewd acts on a child under 14, said Deputy District Attorney Scott Yang.

The probe targeting Schrader began on Jan. 29, 2014, after British authorities alerted Homeland Security Investigations’ attache in London that an individual using a Yahoo email account had sent multiple sexually explicit images of an infant to an undercover officer in England.

Data in the images indicated they had been taken near Schrader’s Littlerock home. The same day, Schrader’s home was raided, and the baby depicted in the illegal images was found.

U.S. District Judge Gary A. Feess ordered Schrader to be on supervised release for life after he completes his 250-month prison term in the federal case.

“These are monstrous acts,” Feess said at Schrader’s September 2014 sentencing in the federal case.

In a statement before being sentenced in federal court, a weeping Schrader, who is about 7 feet tall, recited the Serenity Prayer and told Feess that a 2002 motorcycle accident left him brain-damaged and unable to make logical decisions.”

“Somewhere along the way, I got hooked on Internet porn,” Schrader told Feess, stating that his quest for “excitement” drove him to seek out “stuff I never dreamed would turn me on.”

Defense attorney Charles Brown, arguing for a 15-year sentence, told the court that brain damage from the motorcycle accident had caused Schrader’s interest in sexual activity with children.

Feess responded that such an argument suggests that Schrader’s compulsion cannot be controlled, “and any child is a potential victim.”

Feess also pointed out that no medical evidence had been presented to bolster the defense theory.