HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - A former Colerain Township police officer was sentenced to 9 months in prison Wednesday after he admitted to a sex crime involving a 13-year-old girl.
Robert Brinkman, 31, is now a Tier I sex offender.
That means he has to register his address with the sheriff’s office in his residing county for 15 years and is prohibited from living within 1000 feet from a school.
Brinkman, who had been an officer with Colerain since 2013, was accused of sending a lewd picture to the teen on Snapchat and repeatedly requesting she send him sexual or revealing photos, a Monroe police report shows. The girl’s mother contacted police on July 6.
He pleaded guilty Oct. 29 to charges of importuning and contributing to the unruliness or delinquency of a child.
A third count, tampering with evidence, was dismissed.
He apologized in court to the victim’s family, his wife and the Colerain Township Police Department.
The victim’s father said in court Brinkman was a close family friend. They vacationed and celebrated the holidays together.
He said his children, including the victim, called him “Uncle”.
The victim had known Brinkman since she was 4-years-old and considered him a father figure.
Now, her father told the court, she is a shell of her former self and has a hard time trusting people.
Brinkman was immediately suspended after the allegations arose over the summer and then ultimately fired.