O.C. deputy pleads guilty in lobster poaching case

Robert J. Lopez (LA Now)
January 28, 2010

Lobster An Orange County sheriff’s deputy pleaded guilty today to possessing too many spiny lobsters, authorities said.

William Robb III, 39, pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count each of possessing an excessive number of spiny lobsters and possessing undersized spiny lobsters, according to the Orange County district attorney’s office.

Robb was placed on one year of informal probation and ordered to pay $800 in fines and make a $500 donation to the California Department of Fish and Game, prosecutors said.

The case resulted in another former deputy, Phillip Glenn Romero, 39, pleading guilty in December to one misdemeanor count of obstructing an officer.

Romero falsely claimed that Robb was a confidential informant in an effort to protect him from being cited in November 2008 by a state Department of Fish and Game warden for illegal lobster poaching, prosecutors said.

At the time, Romero was a deputy with the department and arrived at Dana Point Harbor after the warden had caught Robb with a bucket containing 13 undersized spiny lobsters, prosecutors said.

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