Former Coach Goes on Trial

A jury has been selected in the trial of a well-known former high school softball coach who's accused of more than a half dozen sex crimes against former players.

Rick Roberson was fired from his job as Clarkdale Girls Softball Coach, and arrested in late 2012 for the accusations.

Jury selection started around 2 p.m. Monday. In all, the process took about two hours to complete. According to District Attorney Bilbo Mitchell, the trial could possibly last until Thursday.

Roberson is accused of misconduct with students who were under his leadership between the years of 1984 and 2012. The seven charges involve three victims.

The exact charges that Roberson is facing are for exploitation of a child, and lustful touching of a child. If he's found guilty for the lustful touching charges he could face up to 15 years in jail for each of those, and up to 40 years in jail for each of the exploitation charges.

This trial is expected to get underway in earnest early Tuesday morning in Lauderdale County Circuit Court.

Roberson was one of the most successful softball coaches in the country prior to his arrest two years ago. During his 25 year coaching career, his teams won four fast-pitch titles, and another slow-pitch title.


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