Sentencing of former DOC worker accused of sex with a minor postponed

2013-09-04T11:30:00Z Sentencing of former DOC worker accused of sex with a minor postponedPatrick McNamara Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Sentencing of a former Arizona Department of Corrections officer scheduled for Wednesday for sexual conduct with a minor was postponed until Monday.

Robert Joseph Hamm was scheduled to be sentenced in the Pima County Superior Court courtroom of Judge Richard Fields but was postponed at the request of his attorney Walter Palser.

Hamm pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual conduct with a minor and was set for sentencing Wednesday, but Palser objected to the presence of a reporter from a local television station with a camera in the courtroom.

A hearing was scheduled for Thursday where Judge Fields will decide whether the camera can be present during next week’s sentencing.

Hamm had served a year in prison and 7 1/2 years probation after pleading guilty in 2011 to having sex with the 14-year old daughter of a friend. After his release in 2012, Hamm again began a relationship with girl.

Court documents say the parents of the girl, now 16, discovered earlier this year the relationship was ongoing.

Hamm’s probation was revoked in June and he was returned to custody.

Contact reporter Patrick McNamara at 573-4241 or pmcnamara@azstarnet.com. On Twitter @pm929.

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