ADA — Charles Lee Roberts, 58, Ada, was sentenced Wednesday by Judge Thomas Landrith to serve five years concurrent prison sentences for the felony convictions of indecent proposal to child, and indecent exposure. For showing obscene material to a minor in August 2005, Roberts received 10 years to also run concurrently, with all but five suspended.

Roberts was ordered to pay court costs and victims’ compensation of $700. Entering into the sex offender program for appropriate treatment and the terms of his bond remaining in force were also conditions Roberts agreed to abide by.

Landrith reviewed the support letters and the pre-sentencing report to which Robert Gray, attorney for the defense, agreed was accurate. “Roberts has an intellectual disability,” said Robert Gray, his attorney. “He has difficulty understanding social rules and seeing the consequences of his actions.” Roberts apologized to the court and to the judge saying, “I’m sorry. Nothing like this will ever happen again. I’m so sorry.”

Roberts was remanded for the next 30 days into the custody of Deloris Yvonne Roddy who has been his acquaintance for 20 years. Due to his health conditions, Roddy volunteered to be responsible for his care until he reports to the county jail to be incarcerated May 23.

According to the affidavit of probable cause filed by the sheriff’s office, Roberts took pornographic magazines from a backpack and showed them to a 15 year old boy. The teen told his mother Roberts told him about prior homosexual activities and asked him to perform an act which the teen refused to do. Roberts then pulled his shorts down exposing himself. The teenager said he left the room and Roberts later drove him around Wintersmith Park and then took him home in a car.

The green backpack was found containing several items of gay pornographic material during a search of Robert’s home by Pontotoc County Sheriff’s Deputy Ronnie Sites. Also found were commercial videos, possible homemade videos and some children’s underwear.

According to Pontotoc County Undersheriff Joe Glover, Roberts had a prior felony conviction in Pontotoc County of indecent exposure in the 1970s and received a two-year suspended sentence. Roberts also was convicted of leaving the scene of an accident involving injury in Murray County in November 1984, for which he received one-year probation.