Homeland Security worker charged with soliciting kids on Facebook


A 43-year-old Department of Homeland Security worker allegedly used Facebook to solicit more than 70 area children for sexual acts, according to authorities.


Robert B. Rennie Jr., a Loudoun County resident, was charged Oct. 24 with five counts of using a computer to solicit a child under the age of 15, after a school resource officer was tipped off to suspicious activity on a Mercer Middle School student’s Facebook page.


The student, a young girl, had accepted a friend request from someone she believed was a fellow Mercer student: an account under the name Kyle Kirts, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.


The girl’s parents alerted school officials that “Kirts” had solicited sexual activity from the girl in conversations on Facebook, authorities said. The school in turn alerted the Sheriff’s Office.


An investigation revealed that Rennie, who worked for the agency’s National Protection and Programs Directorate, was the sole user of the fictitious account, which under the name Kirts had friended mostly young girls. Washington Examiner




During chats with the young girls, Kirts would ask females to interact via a Skype account for sexual reasons, authorities said.


During the course of the investigation, several other victims were identified, sheriff’s office officials said.


The suspect made contact with children primarily from Lunsford Middle School and Mercer Middle School. The investigation is ongoing, and additional charges are possible, according to authorities.


Rennie is being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center without bond, authorities said. The Washington Post



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