Former coach Walter Richard Roberts pleads guilty to child sex charge

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    TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) - Federal prosecutors in western Arkansas say a 62-year-old former youth baseball coach has pleaded guilty to one count of transporting a minor across state lines for sex.

    Court records show Walter Richard Roberts of Texarkana, Ark., entered the plea on Thursday.

    Prosecutors say Roberts was a youth baseball coach in Texarkana from 1986 to 1994 and that he engaged in a pattern of sexual assault that spanned several years.

    In 1986, prosecutors say he took a 9-year-old boy and a 10-year-old boy to a supply store on the Texas side of Texarkana and sexually assaulted them in the back of a van.

    Prosecutors say Roberts faces up to 10 years in prison.

    Roberts' lawyer, Craig L. Henry, didn't immediately return a phone message left Friday.

    (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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