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November 1, 2012


Texarkana, Arkansas-Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District
of Arkansas, announced that Walter Richard Roberts, age 62, of Texarkana, Arkansas, pled guilty
today to a one-count indictment for transporting a minor in interstate commerce with the intent to
engage in a sexual activity. From 1986 to 1994, Roberts was a youth-baseball coach in Texarkana.
United States District Judge Susan O. Hickey accepted the guilty plea in U.S. District Court in
Texarkana, Arkansas.

United States Attorney Eldridge commented, “There are no cases more important than those
in which children are victims. The pattern of sexual abuse that this defendant committed is
reprehensible. His conviction today is another step towards holding him accountable. We will
continue to aggressively prosecute those who victimize children in our communities.”

According to documents filed in court, Roberts engaged in an extensive pattern of sexual
assault that spanned several years. In 1986, Roberts transported two boys, ages nine and ten, from
Texarkana, Arkansas to a supply store on the Texas side of Texarkana. There, Roberts parked the
van he was driving at the store, had both boys move to the back of the van, and proceeded to
sexually assault them. The ten-year-old victim involved in the 1986 incident had also been
assaulted by Roberts when he was nine during a trip to Wright Patman Lake in Texas. Again, the
assault took place in the back of Roberts van. Additionally, Roberts admitted to sexually assaulting
a third boy, who was nine or ten years old at the time, during a fishing trip to Beard’s Lake in
Arkansas in 1988 or 1989. The assault took place while the two traveled on Highway 71.

Roberts was originally indictment on August 22, 2012. He faces a maximum of ten years
imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000.

The case was investigated by the Texarkana, Arkansas Police Department. Assistant United
States Attorney Kyra Jenner is prosecuting the case for the United States.

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