Meridian Star

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June 20, 2013

Former coach’s sex crime case on hold

MERIDIAN —     A court case involving a former Clarkdale girl's softball coach accused of lustful touching of a minor has been continued until October, according to court records filed at the Lauderdale County Circuit Court.

    Rick Roberson, who was indicted on three sexual crimes in February by a Lauderdale County grand jury was supposed to be in court Wednesday but his attorney filed for a continuation of the case now set to be heard in the fall.

    In the wake of the indictments, Roberson, who had coached girls slow-pitch and fast-pich softball teams at Clarkdale high School, was terminated from his position which included his teams winning numerous state championships.

    Roberson was arrested Sept. 27, 2012 and was charged with two counts of lustful touching of a minor while in position of authority and one count of statutory rape. He was placed on $20,000 bond total for the lustful touching offenses and $10,000 for the statutory rape charge. Roberson made bond shortly after being processed into the Lauderdale County Adult Detention Facility.

    According to affidavits attached to court documents at the time of his arrest, Roberson was accused of  inappropriate contact with a 10th grade student in 2010 that continued into the 11th grade.

    Another affidavit alleges Roberson made inappropriate comments to a ninth grade student up until August 2012. The affidavit alleges Roberson bought the girl gifts and grabbed her in inappropriate places.

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