Accused rapist of teens appears in court

By From page A3 | February 01, 2013

FAIRFIELD — A 64-year-old owner of a Fairfield photography studio who faces 56 felony sexual assault charges involving three teenage girls was in court briefly Thursday.

Robert L. Hoover was arrested in December after Fairfield police investigators received a report that Hoover had raped a 16-year-old girl.

Hoover’s attorney, Denis Honeychurch, agreed to postpone scheduling a probable cause hearing for Hoover until his next court appearance March 13.

Hoover, owner of Nightshadow Creations Photography, has pleaded not guilty and is jailed with bail set at $2 million.

After his arrest, detectives said they discovered more than 50,000 pornographic pictures on Hoover’s computer. Detectives also found other nude pictures of minors who police have not identified.

The first victim was a 15-year-old girl in June 2011 with whom Hoover allegedly engaged in multiple sex acts. Police found photos of the girl staged in bondage scenes and with a ball gag in her mouth, allegedly taken during the assaults. Police also found pictures of the girl engaging in sex acts with Hoover. Hoover paid the girl for the sex acts, according to court records.

Hoover faces eight felony charges, including rape, sodomy, forced oral copulation and felony assault for those alleged offenses.

Prosecutors filed 28 additional felony sexual assault charges against Hoover involving the same girl for offenses allegedly occurring between July 2011 and May 2012.

Starting in February 2012, a second teenage girl joined the first girl in sex acts allegedly also involving Hoover. Prosecutors filed several felony sexual assault charges against Hoover identifying at least three different occasions involving the two girls.

A third teenage girl is also named in court records as the victim of a sex offense by Hoover sometime between April and June 2012.

Hoover’s wife filed for divorce in January, according to court records.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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