Robertson Pleads to Lesser Charge

By Sabrina Bates
Weakley County Press [Tennessee]
November 29, 2006

After making an appearance in Weakley County General Sessions Court on Wednesday, a former pastor facing rape charges plead guilty to a reduced charge in court.

Bobby Robertson, 60, of Old Gardner Road in Martin, was arrested on Oct. 11 on one count of rape for alleged sexual relations with a teenager from Feb. 14, 1999 until Feb. 14, 2003 as stated in an affidavit of complaint.

Robertson, as of Oct. 12, has been out on a $2,500 bond and faced a Class B felony charge carrying a maximum sentence of eight to 12 years.

According to assistant district attorney Kevin McAlpin, all parties agreed to have the charge reduced to attempted sexual battery and Robertson offered a "best interest" guilty plea Wednesday.

Robertson was represented by Martin-based attorney Kent Gearin.

Weakley County General Sessions Judge Tommy Moore ruled Robertson will pay a $250 fine for the conviction, be placed on the sex offender registry for the state of Tennessee and the former pastor will have to adhere to an order of protection from the victim.

Moore also suspended an 11 month 29 day jail sentence, but Robertson was placed on probation for that length of time.

The case is set for review in March 8, 2007.

According to Weakley County Baptist Association director Wayne Perkins, Robertson resigned his post as pastor of Pleasant View Baptist Church in Dukedom after his arrest.

The victim was not a member of the church.


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