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Sheriff's Unit Credits Internet Training With Arrest of Suspected Predator

Posted May 1, 2001 3:04 a.m. EDT

— A man convicted of child molesting in another state has been arrested on the same charges in Raleigh.

The Wake County Sheriff's Office is searching through dozens of computer files and love letters they say were written by Robert Richard Quigg, 36.

Investigators say the man corresponded with a 14-year-old boy over the Internet as a way of getting sex. They are concerned the boy is not Quigg's only victim.

Investigators believe Quigg also used marijuana and the designer drug Ecstasy to lure his victims.

The juvenile unit of the Wake County Sheriff's Office says the key to cracking this case is the recent Internet training they have received.

"As a matter of fact, we had the lead legal person from AOL instruct us in one of the courses that we were involved with," says Lt. Gary Burrell. "We were given a procedure to follow in regards to presenting or search warrants for information that was stored on the AOL system."

It was during an alleged Internet correspondence in North Carolina that Quigg was caught. He is being held in the Wake County Jail.

Quigg moved to Raleigh from New Jersey in 1994. He is not registered on the state's Sex Offender Registrybecause he was charged prior to the law taking effect.

Photographer:Michael Joyner