Sex Offender Turned Talent Scout Accused of Raping Teen Girl In Hotel

Robert Gene Lile served 20 years in prison after being convicted of raping a teenager in 1982. After successfully co-foudning a talent scouting service upon his release, he now stands trial again for the same crime.

Lile took one of his clients, a 14-year old girl, to Nashville, Tennessee for a talent showcase. Once there, he allegedly raped her multiple times in a hotel.

The Huffington Post reports that Lile was taken into custody on Monday in Southwest Missouri and was being held in Missouri’s Bates County jail on five Tennessee warrants charging him with aggravated rape.

After Lile left the girl at the hotel, she called her parents, who then called authorities.

Bates Country Sheriff Chad Anderson tells the Associated Press:

“We’ve dealt with incidents like this in which a sex offender is released from prison so he could commit another crime. I don’t know why they keep letting those guys out.”

Lile’s name does not appear on any public sex offender list. Officials explain this is because he was originally convicted before public sex offender lists were made. So far attempts to make these lists retroactive have been unsuccessful.

When Lile was charged with rape in 1982, he claimed it was consensual. The girl testified against again him in court saying he pretended to have car trouble and flagged her down. When she stopped to help, he forced himself on her. He was sentenced to life in prison but was released after 20 years for undisclosed reasons.

What do you think the proper punishment is for Robert Gene Lile?