A state appeals court panel has upheld a man’s conviction for raping a 14-year-old girl who had been walking toward her mother’s south Los Angeles County area home in the early morning hours in March 2018.

In a ruling Monday, the three-justice panel from California’s 2nd District Court of Appeal rejected the defense’s contention that there were errors in Christopher William Roby’s trial in Compton Superior Court.

Roby was convicted of forcible rape, committing a lewd act on a child, distributing or showing harmful matter to a child with specified intent, unlawful possession of ammunition and possession of methamphetamine.

He was sentenced to 15 years and four months in state prison.

Roby — who was 39 at the time — raped the girl behind the back of a convenience store in March 2018, then asked her for her Instagram account information, according to the appellate court panel’s ruling.

A Los Angeles County sheriff’s detective subsequently instructed the girl to initiate a conversation with Roby, in which the detective later posed as the teen, the justices noted.

Roby sent the victim a close-up photo of his private parts five days after the rape and asked her to reciprocate, according to the ruling.

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