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Court upholds sentence for convicted Liberty Township man

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The Indiana Appeals Court on Tuesday affirmed the maximum 8-year sentence of Liberty Township resident Jackie W. Robson who was convicted of a Class C felony child molesting charge last July.

Robson, 50, with a listed address in Canterbury Circle, was sentenced to four years -- the advisory sentence for a Class C felony, punishable by a term of two to eight years -- and then to four more years, for a total of eight years in the Indiana Department of Corrections (DOC) by Porter County Superior Court Judge Roger Bradford. Robson is accused of fondling a fifth-grade girl at his home.

In his appeal, Robson contends the nature of his offense is “minimal” in that he “stopped rubbing (the girl) upon her request” and that his conduct was “the absolute least that could occur to violate the statute.” He also argues that his criminal history does not involve having sex with minors, contrary to the court’s finding, and he is not among the most egregious of offenders.

The court believed the sentence to be appropriate in that Robson fondled the girl on different occasions, that the girl was “very young” at the time and has since sought therapy as a result of sexual abuse, that he is a registered sex offender stemming from a 2009 conviction and poses a high risk of recidivism, and that he has a past criminal history including a conviction of unlawful possession of a handgun in 1993.

Robson was previously convicted, on Feb. 23, 2009, of vicarious sexual gratification, sentenced to three years in the DOC with all but 90 days suspended.

The court’s decision also said that Robson’s score on the Indiana Risk Assessment Tool placed him in the high risk to reoffend category and that the Probation Department recommended that the eight-year sentence be maintained with no portion suspended.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed by Porter County Sheriff’s Police Det. Gene Hopkins, on July 22, 2011, a Liberty Township mother reported to police that her daughter told her of twice being touched inappropriately by Robson: the first time at Robson’s residence when she was visiting a friend; the second time at her own home, when Robson’s wife was visiting her mother.

The girl advised Hopkins that the first incident occurred between Jan. 1, 2008, and Dec. 31, 2011, when Robson exposed himself to her and a friend and touched her, saying “he wanted to do something to them... that would make them feel good.” She advised that Robson told them not to tell their mothers, the affidavit stated.

When the girl’s friend was interviewed, she denied the girl’s allegation and said that she was “scared” when police asked her to give her account of the incident, the affidavit stated.

 

 

 

Posted 5/28/2014