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13-0638 Michigan Man Charged With Having Sex With Minor

11/14/2013 11:29:50 AM

Contact: Rob Shaw

Nov. 14, 2013

13-0638

Michigan Man Charged With Having Sex With Teen

A Michigan man was arrested earlier this week on a charge of unlawful sexual activity with a minor.

Robert Lee Hilla (see attached photo) of Bay City, Mich., was taken into custody Tuesday morning after the incident at the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa, 301 S. Gulfview Blvd.

Hilla, who told police he was in town to speak at a conference about foster children, is accused of having sex with a 16-year-old male at the hotel. The two had become acquainted through an advertisement on Craigslist that a friend of the victim's had placed. They exchanged several texts and photos before arranging a meeting after Hilla flew into town on Monday.

The victim told police he let Hilla know that he was only 16, but that Hilla said it was no problem. Hilla told police that the teenager said he was 17 - which he said is the age of consent in Michigan.

Hilla, 27, was booked into the Pinellas County Jail early Tuesday. He remains there this morning on the felony charge.

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