Overland Park talent scout accused of raping 14-year-old girl

Man had prior rape conviction

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - An Overland Park talent scout, who served 20 years in prison for sex crimes, was arrested Monday for allegedly raping his 14-year-old female client in Nashville, Tenn.

Sheriff's deputies arrested Robert Gene Lile, 55, at his relative's home in Bates County, Mo. He is being held in the Bates County Jail on five warrants and is charged with aggravated rape.

According to the Nashville Police Department, Lile met the victim at a Kansas talent show in July. Lile traveled to Nashville on Saturday for a weekend talent show.

Lile raped the teen multiple times at knife-point on Saturday night at the hotel they were staying at, according to police.

Lile allegedly left the girl in the hotel room on Sunday and returned to Missouri before getting arrested.

Johnson County court records show Lile was convicted of kidnapping, raping and sodomizing a high schooler in 1983. He served 20 years before being released on parole and was discharged from parole in 2006.

Despite being convicted of rape, Lile is not on the list of registered sex offenders.

Kansas Bureau of Investigation Deputy Director Kyle Smith said the registry was created in 1993, ten years after Lile's conviction.

Although federal law requires all sex offenders convicted after 1970 to retroactively register, Kansas law has no such requirement.

"We've got conflicting Supreme Court decisions now," Smith said. "One from Kansas, one from the U.S., and it has not been resolved. As such, we're kind of in a bind."

Smith said the Bureau only requires offenders to retroactively register if they are arrested for another crime. 

"We also face the question is that the best use of resources, to track down every qualified offender," Smith said. "We don't know if they're in Kansas anymore. We don't even know if they're alive."

Lile is expected to be extradited to Nashville in the coming days. His bond has been set at $500,000.

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