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Former Texarkana youth baseball coach gets 10 years for child sex abuse

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former Arkansas youth baseball coach Walter Richard Rogers, 62, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. former Arkansas youth baseball coach Walter Richard Rogers, 62, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
TEXARKANA, AR (KSLA) -

A former Arkansas youth baseball coach has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for transporting minors with the intent to engage in sexual activity.

The sentence came Wednesday afternoon, 6 months after Walter Richard Roberts, 62, plead guilty to the charge in a federal court in Texarkana, Arkansas.

Roberts served as a youth baseball coach from 1986 through 1994.

According to court records and testimony in court, during the mid-1980s and early 1990s, Roberts made several trips across state lines with minor children, all under the age of 12 at the time, in order to engage in sexual activity. During one instance, Roberts transported two victims from Arkansas to a business in Texarkana, Texas, where he had the minors get into the back of his van and sexually abused them. Roberts transported one of these same minors again on a separate trip to Wright Patman Lake in Texas, telling the youth to get into the back of his van, where he proceeded to sexually molest the victim. Finally, during the summer of 1988 or 1989, Roberts transported a third victim on a fishing trip to Beard's Lake in Arkansas. Roberts sexually abused the victim while driving on Highway 71 from Texarkana.

Roberts was originally indicted on August 22, 2012, after one of the victims came forward because of all the attention surrounding the sex abuse scandal involving former Penn State University football assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

During interviews with investigators, Roberts admitted to further sexual abuse of the minor victims. Specifically, Roberts stated that he continued to abuse one of the minors over a five-year period.

In a statement released by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Arkansas, Texarkana Police Chief Robert Harrison commended the victims that came forward "for having the courage to come forward and take a public stand in removing a sexual predator from our streets.If it were not for them, as well as the cooperative and tireless efforts of Texarkana, Arkansas Police Department Detectives and the United States Attorney's Office, Walter Richard Roberts would have escaped punishment."

Roberts was also ordered to serve three years supervised release and to pay $91,408.60 in restitution to the victims.

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