A Burnsville, Minn. man will spend 11 years in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday to the kidnapping and sexual assault of two Andover, Minn. girls he met on the chat site Omegle. Casey Lee Chinn admitted to luring the two teenage girls to his parents' Burnsville home, where police found them crying and "huddled behind a couch" in the basement.
Chinn broke down sobbing in court Wednesday, where his defense attorney stressed that Chinn pleaded guilty in part because he didn't want to put everyone through the drawn-out process of a trial.
What is Omegle?
Omegle is a free, online chat service with the promotional slogan, "Talk to strangers!" The service lists the following description and warning on its website:
"When you use Omegle, we pick someone else at random and let you talk one-on-one. To help you stay safe, Omegle keeps you anonymous unless you tell someone who you are (not suggested!), and you can stop a chat at any time."
According to the charges, the last chat on Omegle arranged for Chinn to pick-up the girls in Andover and drive around before going to his home in Burnsville.
A former coach
Chinn had previously served as a volleyball coach at Christo Rey Jesuit High School in Minneapolis, and as a volunteer baseball coach in the South Washington County School District. District officials ran a background check and reviewed his references before hiring him to the position.
Sentencing is scheduled for April 1.