FAIRFIELD — A Solano County judge sentenced a former Fairfield photographer to 20 years in prison Thursday, calling it a “very good deal from the district attorney.”
Robert L. Hoover, 65, pleaded no contest in August to 22 felony sexual assault charges. He was arrested in December 2012 and faced 56 felony sexual assault charges.
Judge Peter B. Foor had some tough words for the defendant before sentencing Hoover, who had paid three teen girls for sex and photographed them during the assaults. Hoover was the owner of business called Nightshadow Creations Photography.
“There’s no question in this court’s mind, these (girls) were victims,” he said. “They were children.”
From everything that was reported about the case, Foor said, Hoover groomed the girls over a period of time. What they experienced would be with them the rest of their lives, he said.
“All these children have been damaged substantially, perhaps irreparably,” Foor said.
A victim’s advocate read a statement from one of the girls, which expressed a sadness that the severity of Hoover’s actions was not being acknowledged. The victim’s statement said she felt judged by family and friends for not doing something to prevent Hoover from victimizing the two other teens.
At the time, the girl was staying with Hoover, the statement said. She feared for her safety and felt saying no to Hoover was not an option, the advocate said.
A second victim submitted a statement, but asked that it remain confidential. Foor said it would remain sealed since the author didn’t want it released to Hoover’s attorney.
The police investigation of Hoover turned up more than 50,000 pornographic pictures on his computer.
His first victim was a 15-year-old girl in June 2011. In February 2012, a second girl joined the first girl in sex acts, also involving Hoover.
A third teen is listed in court records as the victim of a sex offense by Hoover sometime between April and June 2012. Hoover was arrested after one of the girls reported Hoover had raped her.
Hoover was credited with 341 days he’s already served in Solano County jail.
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