Ex-Army recruiter sentenced for sex with student

2013-12-09T16:00:00Z 2013-12-11T07:27:34Z Ex-Army recruiter sentenced for sex with studentBy Patrick McNamara Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

A former Army recruiter who worked in Tucson area high schools was sentenced to jail for having sexual contact with a minor student.

Matthew Troy Roberts was given one year in Pima County Jail followed by six years’ probation after pleading guilty to two counts of sexual conduct with a minor under the age of 18.

Pima County Superior Court Judge Casey McGinley told Roberts the sentence was intended to prolong his punishment and stressed that additional penalties could occur.

McGinley said a prison sentence was permitted in the case but chose the jail sentence followed by the lengthy probation because it put Roberts under court supervision for a longer period.

Roberts, 30, could face prison if he violates the terms of his release after the jail sentence.

“I was selfish,” Roberts said at Monday’s sentencing. “It was highly inappropriate.”

Deputy Pima County Attorney Michelle Chamblee questioned the sincerity of Roberts’ stated regrets.

“The only reason he is remorseful is because we were able to get the texts that he thought (the victim) had deleted,” Chamblee said.

Police and prosecutors built much of the case against Roberts on text exchanges he had with the 16-year-old female high school student.

The victim’s stepmother said Roberts’ actions had caused emotional harm to her stepdaughter and wrecked their familial relations.

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

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