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Former softball coach sentenced on sex exploitation of child charge

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MERIDIAN, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Former Clarkdale softball coach, Rick Roberson, was sentenced Friday on charges of sexual exploitation of a child and lustful touching.

Roberson received a sentence of 12 years total on the charges. He could have received as much as 95 years.

Roberson's attorney requested that his client be put on probation rather than serve jail time due to health reasons. Roberson's wife confirmed his ongoing struggles with chemotherapy, radiation and dietary restrictions and she said a jail sentence would be a death sentence.

The jail administrator for the Mississippi Department of Corrections says she is confident Roberson will receive quality health care during his time in prison.

The defense attorney also brought several others to the stand who recommended Roberson not be put in jail, including one of the recent victims.

Afterward, Robersons said his sentence is not deserved.

"I was accused of having a conversation. I was accused of buying candy and lotion. I was accused of touching someone on the leg, and for that I was given 12 years in pen," said Roberson.

Roberson was given 10 years for both count 1 and count 2, which will run concurrently, and 2 years for count 3, with 5 years probation after his release. He was acquitted of three other similar charges.

Roberson was one of the most successful softball coaches in the country before his arrest and firing in 2012.

His teams won four fast-pitch titles and seven slow-pitch title in his 25-year coaching career.

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