CORPUS CHRISTI – A former Corpus Christi police officer pleads guilty Thursday to trying to coerce a minor to engage in sexual activity.
Ay the plea hearing before Senior U.S. District Judge Hayden Head, Robert McChester, 27, admitted that last April, he began communicating with a child he knew to initially be 14 years old.
On April 4, the victim reported to medical professionals the inappropriate relationship she had been engaged in with a Corpus Christi Police Department (CCPD) officer, at which time she further alleged he had met with her on several occasions and engaged inappropriate activities.
The allegations were immediately investigated and the officer was soon identified as McChester, a then active duty patrol officer with the CCPD.
The investigation revealed McChester had been communicating with the victim via the Internet for approximately one year. Online communications between McChester and the victim were recovered and determined to contain content of an inappropriate sexual nature.
McChester was arrested following the filing of a criminal complaint and he resigned from the police department on the same day, but was later released on bond.
Following today’s hearing, McChester was allowed to remain on bond pending his sentencing hearing, set for August 30. At that time, he faces a possible sentence of at least 10 years and up to life in prison.