Staunton man sentenced to 35 years for child molesting
Staunton man gets 35 years for child molesting
By ernest rollins
A Clay County judge sentenced a Staunton man to 35 years for what he called "one of the most heinous crimes" a person can commit.
Douglas L. Robertson, 39, pleaded guilty to Class A felony child molesting earlier this year and was sentenced on Monday in Clay Circuit Court to 35 years in prison with 10 years suspended. He's accused of having sex with the victim, who was under age 14, between Nov. 15 and Dec. 31, 2013.
"This is certainly a sad case. So many innocent lives have been affected," Trout said in court. "For a first-time offense, this is one of the most heinous crimes a person can possibly commit."
The judge added society would not tolerate such crimes.
In a statement following the sentence, Robertson said he is sorry for putting his family through such an ordeal and admits this is something he will have to live with for the remainder of his life.
The charges against Robertson were filed following an Indiana State Police arrest in September after a two-month long investigation into a tip about a female minor being molested, according to a police report filed in Circuit Court.
It was revealed the molestation was going on for approximately eight years, with the most recent encounter resulting in pregnancy, the report continues.
A DNA test report indicated Robertson had a near 100-percent probability of paternity.
Robertson changed his plea to guilty in January.
Other conditions of the agreement accepted Monday include 10 years of probation after incarceration in which Robertson must obey all laws, register as a sex offender and not have any unsupervised contact with a person 16 and under. He also can't have contact with the victim or with his natural children while incarcerated or on probation until a child in need of services case is concluded. He also must pay restitution to the victim with the amount to be determined by victim's assistance.