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05/23/10: 2 men assault girl, 11

Slidell and Waveland, Miss. men booked with statutory rape of 11-year-old St. Tammany girl.

By Kia Hall Hayes, The Times-Picayune
April 29, 2010

The 29-year-old Slidell man who took an 11-year-old St. Tammany girl to Hancock County, Miss. before abandoning her at a gas station last week has been charged with statutory rape, along with another man who picked her up there, Hancock officials say.

The Slidell man, Christopher M. Spiehler, of 104 Woodruff Drive, met the 11-year-old girl on a social networking site called, which is dedicated to vampire enthusiasts and those interested in the occult.

According to St. Tammany and Hancock County officials, the girl on Friday night said she wanted to run away from home. Just before midnight, when he turned 29, Spiehler picked the girl up from her St. Tammany home and transported her into Mississippi without her parents' consent, and then sexually assaulted the girl before leaving her at a gas station in Bay St. Louis.

After being abandoned at the gas station, a second man, identified as 21-year-old Sean Robertson of Waveland, Miss., picked up the girl and took her to his home, where he also sexually assaulted her, officials said. Robertson was arrested by the Hancock County Sheriff's Office and is cooperating with officials.

Shortly after she left Friday night, the girl's father contacted the police, who began an investigation that led them to Spiehler, who was located at his job at an auto parts store in Slidell on Saturday around 10 a.m.

About an hour later, the girl called her father from a cell phone and told him to pick her up at a Wal-Mart in Gulfport, Miss. Police located the girl and reunited her with her family a short time later.

Spiehler, who has a previous arrest in St. Tammany on a charge of credit card fraud was booked with aggravated kidnapping and contributing to the deliquency of a minor by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office. Spiehler is being held on a $400,000 bond in St. Tammany.

Following their investigation, the Hancock County Sheriff's Office charged Spiehler and Robertson with statutory rape. No bond has been set for Robertson at this time, and Hancock County officials declined to comment on whether the two men knew each other.

Both departments are continuing to investigate the incident, and it is possible that more charges and arrests will be made through both agencies, officials said.

Hancock County Sheriff Steve Garber "strongly recommends" that parents monitor their children's Internet activity.

"Parental monitoring of children's online activity is the first line of defense against sexual predators. If a parent believes that a cyber crime is being committed please contact the authorities in your area for further investigation," he said in a release.