Man Convicted of Molesting and Impregnating 15-Year-Old

Press release from the Del Norte District Attorney’s Office:

Roger Lee RobertsThe Del Norte District Attorney’s Office announced that late yesterday afternoon, a Del Norte County jury found Roger Lee Roberts (54) of Crescent City guilty of a total of 20 of 21 separate charges and allegations related to conduct that occurred between May, 2015 and September, 2015 involving a 15 year old female. The charges were as follows: ten counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with the minor, one special allegation of causing great bodily injury for impregnating the minor, four counts of furnishing methamphetamine to the minor (each with special allegations regarding the age difference) and that the Defendant had two prior convictions for lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14 for crimes committed in 1987 and 2000. Both of the Defendant’s prior victims testified as did the victim in the present case. The jury did not find that the Defendant, by impregnating the minor, had inflicted great bodily injury upon her. The minor gave birth to a baby in May, 2016 and paternity was confirmed to the Defendant through DNA testing. The jury did not conclude that the pregnancy amounted to great bodily injury.

The Defendant has been in the Del Norte County Jail since September, 2015. He will be sentenced on March 30, 2017 by the Honorable William H. Follett. District Attorney Dale P. Trigg, who personally handled all stages of the prosecution, will ask Judge Follett to sentence the Defendant to serve 350 years to life in state prison, which is his maximum possible exposure according to the District Attorney who never extended a plea offer to the Defendant in the case.

“This Defendant has demonstrated a pattern of behavior over the last thirty years that makes it abundantly clear that juvenile females are not safe in his presence,” said Trigg. “First and foremost, I want to express my personal gratitude and admiration to the three known victims of this predator for having the incredible courage to face him in the courtroom and tell the jury what he did to them,” said Trigg.

District Attorney Trigg also wants to recognize Sgt. Richard Griffin of the Del Norte Sheriff’s Office for his work as the investigating officer in the case.

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49 comments

  • Sleepy Alligator

    It’s really sad that one young girl became a victim of this parasite, but it’s unbelievably even more sad that two more young girls became his victims thanks to a system that does not protect its citizens like it’s supposed to. The fact that repeat offending child sexual predators exist in this country is something I just can’t comprehend. And for all you trump backers please notice that there’s no indication that this pedophile was born outside of the united States. You want a wall to feel safer, then build them around monsters like this!

    • Hang him! !!!!!!!

    • This is why it’s so important for all people to know, understand, and acclimate to our Constitution! It’s not a wall thing, idiot, it’s an ignorance will be the death of us yet thing.
      Why did the voters vote for releasing prisoners who actually had hurt others? The uninformed and the greedy!
      Not only do foreign cultures not understand when they are wrong, half the natural born VOTERS in Calif don’t understand either.
      Nullify unconstitutional laws, such as nabbing someone with a joint. Nullufy court cases only when there is no victim.
      Hang the rest! STOP FALLING FOR BALLOTS THAT MIX THEM ALL UP. A CRIMINAL IS A CRIMINAL IS A CRIMINAL. A POTHEAD IS JUST A POTHEAD.

      • After reading your uninformed, poorly constructed, nonsensical ramblings, I’m truly embarrassed for you. Please evolve.

        • Attacking the commenter rather than discussing the comments says all we need to know about you. I don’t find it strange that you prefer to deflect from the seriousness of issues we face as a whole. You obviously prefer the mixed bag catch & release system, that will only get worse as the days grow long. I don’t.
          Bullying won’t change my mind, either, so give it up.

          • Sleepy Alligator

            And I’m the idiot?

            • “the Defendant had two prior convictions for lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14 for crimes committed in 1987 and 2000.”

              We can assume he was jailed then released in short time orhe wouldn’t be up on new charges at the later date.

              “allegations related to conduct that occurred between May, 2015 and September, 2015 involving a 15 year old female. ”

              Catcch & release getting worse & worse every voting season is not just a coincidence, it’s a serious voting issue.
              The last voting ballot tossed in: if you want potheads to be freed, then pass this bill that frees robbers, rapers, and other real criminals & we’ll let some potheads who never hurt anyone free too.

              Yes, you’re an idiot still stands.

              • Point taken about him/the accused being out of jail to offend again.
                The question is, was he offered and did he receive treatment for his illness. I understand that is a much more effective solution than jail to abuse predators.

              • Sleepy Alligator

                Normally I don’t resort to degrading other people’s intelligence, especially when the only thing I know about that person is based on an anonymous opinion posted on a website, and as difficult as it is for me to refrain from calling you an idiot, I’m just not gonna take that route. I’ll just say that I agree with Anthony’s above comment. Have a nice day Professor Genius Hawking Einstein!

      • Make the parents pay............

        Send the parents to prison for not protecting their daughter. No 15 year old female that is raised to understand that there are older men hunting young girls would not have the learned methods to protect themselves. My 16 year old daughter told me many girls at her high school are sexually active with males who have transportation, money and many of the guys are over 20 years old. Parents should be partially responsible for their offspring’s mistakes. Why do we divert to the criminal justice system when most of the problem could be avoided if parents raised and taught their children the ways to protect themselves. Until parents are not given a pass for their irresponsibilities nothing is going to change. It’s time for males and females thinking of having children or unprotected sex to have to pass a test for the right to bring a child into the world and if they fail that child the parents pay a hefty price.

        • Lock your kids in a safe so that criminals can’t steal their virtue? If it weren’t for bad parents, child kidnappings, rapes & human trafficking wouldn’t happen? It’s not the fault of the criminal, it’s the fault of an unlocked house?
          I don’t think so.

          • Sleepy Alligator

            Well Shak it looks like we do agree on something after all! I guess anything is possible when your comment makes sense, is on topic, and isn’t rude or insulting. You should try it more often.

            • Sleepy, there’s many times I’ve thought others to be off topic, or just down right crazy, before I allowed myself the luxury of learning more. It’s right there, in bold print, for all to see, once they open their eyes to see.
              To be fair, I felt you were the rude, obnoxious, off topic, insulting one, with tunnel vision.
              It is nice, I agree, when the two sides of a coin agree on something.

    • WTF does border security and pedophiles have to do with each other, are you saying pedophiles come in across from Mexico? You lost the election, get over it, grow up, move on, everything isn’t related to the horrible loss you Democrats suffered. [edit] If you want to bring politics into this OK, it’s the liberal policies of the left that enables guys like this to roam free and “express themselves”

      • They come in through unprotected borders, yes. They do not come in only one race, one culture, one size, or one status.
        Then they are handed the keys of the kingdom, so they can vote.
        The people are brainwashed by their govt officials into believing that whatever the legislators put on ballot must be hunky dory.
        It’s not. They must be held accountable. They were elected to defend the Constitution, not their raises.
        But, the people are too dumbed down to know & understand the Constitution. If they weren’t, the real criminals would be locked up & there would be no laws turning non criminals into criminals.
        Allowing even more ignorant voters in to vote, is constitutional democide.
        It doesn’t take a high school diploma to figure this out.

        Ignorant = non learned, non educated.
        Stupid = learned & educated, but too stupid to understand.
        We’ve all been both, over diferent subjects. It’s time we all smarten up on this important issue.

        • To the racists out there, let me put it this way.
          If you don’t want “white man” pludering & raping your women & children, then know the consequences of your vote. Learn the constitution, hold your representatives accountable, and live free.

      • Sleepy Alligator

        Don that was my attempt to show that not every heinous crime is committed by an immigrant or that not every American is an honorable stand up person who never commits crimes. Had this guy been Mexican or just had a Spanish sounding name the barrage of racists comments promoting a wall and whatever other rhetoric people tend to post on here would have been inevitable. I’m sure there’s a word for what I was doing, but I’m no literary scholar so I don’t know what it’s called.

    • I think most Trump supporters would be just fine with executing this fucker on Main Street. The wall is to keep criminals from other countries out, because obviously there are plenty of them already here.

  • My bet is that at his age he has a lot more than three victims, unfortunately. I don’t know the legal definition of “great bodily injury”, but my opinion is that forcing himself on young virgins (assuming they were virgins), and forcing painful labor on a young girl is some kind of bodily injury. 350 years to life sounds about right. Too bad he can’t be forced to pay child support, since his prison income won’t be enough to do much.

  • This is what the death penalty should be used for, feed and house this predator parasite until he dies in his sleep? 3 hots and a cot maybe better? Makes me sick to my stomach, how many other innocent lives has he completely ruined that no one knows about, fry his ass. Seeing this and the one from yesterday makes me want to puke

    • The death penalty unfortunately ends up costing taxpayers more than just housing them for life. It takes forever even when it does happen. Id rather see labor of some kind so at least we get something back.
      [edit]
      Super kudos in these cases to the witnesses willing to testify, incredibly brave!!!

      • Yes I’m aware of this, its ridiculous, when there is concrete evidence it should be streamlined, out of court and straight to the dirt

  • Build the wall already so that we can keep these pervs out. Isn’t that what everyone is demanding?

    • Ya a prison wall

    • Wtf are you talking about, this has nothing to do with keeping undocumented workers out of our country. Besides shackiling them in the detention centers like common criminals and holding them for years at taxpayer expense instead of actually deporting them.

  • Could be anything

    Disgusting. I try not to go this route, but where were the parents when all this was going on? Friend of the family? I hope the young girl breaks out of this and has a good life. The baby too. Pedophiles don’t change. There is no rehab for them.

    • Maybe the parents were at work?

    • There is treatment for pedophiles that WANT to change their behavior and pattern of offending. I imagine that either it wasn’t offered to him (as another way to protect society, at much less cost than prison or execution), or he did not chose to take advantage of the opportunity (or he ‘fell off the wagon’). Either way, this is a sad and outrageous situation.

  • Lock him up & throw away the key!!

  • Am the same age as this guy. He looks like my grandpa. Glad I never got into the powder. He will be taken care of when his cellmates find out what he is in for.

  • For Californians who voted for prop 36 in 2012, which amended the 3 strikes law, and voted for prop 47 & 57; we are now seeing results from your sympathy for criminals. In addition, we now have sanctuary cities which are a safe place for law breakers. Nothing is going to change if we continue to make excuses for criminals & repeat offenders. Our liberal governor and court system has put all our communities at risk by not taking a firm stance on crime. Our jails have medical & dental, cable TV, weight rooms, basketball courts, nice rec rooms and more; which is unbelievably more than many families & homeless veterans have. Criminals have no fear of the law and consequences anymore; and no respect for people.

  • Build a no frill prisons in mexico. No tv, no medical No pillows. one blanket’ and a hole in the floor for a toilet, no running water in the cell, build the cells out of concrete, and that’s what they sleep on.
    No phone calls. Hose out the cells with cold water and Spray the inmates also.Their once a week bath.
    Two skimpy meals a day. We could double the pay of mexican guards, and still come out way ahead.
    It would bring work to our southern neighbor while providing a place for scumbags like this P.O.S. to live. And offer bonuses to guards who shoot inmates trying to escape.
    A win win situation. [edit]

  • Veterans friend

    We don’t call that “molesting” . We call that RAPE

  • This isn’t the rapers fault. He is what he is. The fact is, the judges and law enforcement that allowed him to be released from jail after having been convicted twice before for the same things in 1987 and 2000 should all get hanged on the square.

  • Honeydew Bridge Chump

    Use him to build the wall and simply deport convicted criminals to Mexico.
    Using Mexico as a prison won’t cost anything but their trip to the wall, and they just become Mexico’s problem, not ours.
    I’d like to see everyone begin referring to the Gulf, by it’s proper name, The Gulf Of America.

  • put him in general prison population they will take care of it for free

  • I guess this guy really did get a ‘jury of his peers’, if the jury decided that impregnating a 15 year old girl was not ‘great bodily harm’! She was drugged, by a man old enough to be her grandfather, who then got her pregnant. Even without the pregnancy, furnishing the meth was great bodily harm to a person whose brain is still developing.
    I applaud the D.A. for pressing charges for ‘great bodily harm’ for what this sexual predator did.
    I am ashamed of the jury, who chose not to recognize the full implication of this charge.

  • I read these stories and it makes me sick….felons in possession of firearms, repeat drug traffickers, repeat armed robbers, repeat sex offenders, repeat, REPEAT, Fricking REPEAT. Enough, WTF is going on with our criminal system. i have to say from what the laws we have and the policies that have been adopted in the last 20 years or so it seems that liberals have implemented state policies and non-enforced federal laws to the point we are being overrun by career criminals.

    [edit] Yeah, yeah i have heard all the excuses of putting criminals in jail or prison only makes it worse and it is so Expensive! Well, guess what the impact on our society, our kids, families is too Expensive, get over it and put them away.

    • This is what happens when the people of a free country delegate all their responsibilities to a government, expecting them to take care of them like their parents. [edit]A hundred years ago the judge and the entire town would be hanging this fucker on the courthouse steps.

  • The creep looks 74 not 54 cripes. Sake .what ever that means .

  • I wonder if he has assets? If so, the three victims could take him to civil court for the emotional and physical harm.

    Does he have parental rights to the baby born of his rape?

    Does his family have visitation rights as well?

    The great bodily harm, I feel is when he plied the last victim with meth.

    Was she pregnant when he did that?

    And I hope she is in a good home environment now as she learns to go from victim to survivor.

  • Lets hope the young girl gets / keeps her life together and provides the much needed love and nurturing that a child needs. She can turn this around and make it work for her by being a great mother.

  • Oh how nice! Now he has a child that we can probably all support and who will probably grow up to be an adult we can all support while we also pay for this wonderful father to hang out in prison and eat food and watch TV. Isn’t this a wonderfully compassionate society we live in? We should all be proud of our advanced sense of justice and continue to believe that sexual predators can heal themselves! We wouldn’t want to be hasty and mean [edit]..THAT would be uncivilized!!

  • Dirty old man!

  • I swear California lets these p.o.s. out after all these sex crime convictions ….wtf is wrong here !!! He’s been a perv his whole life and sexual crimes committed for last 30+ years …..good job California criminal justice !!! [edit]

  • Make the parents pay............

    Send the parents to prison for not protecting their daughter. No 15 year old female that is raised to understand that there are older men hunting young girls would not have the learned methods to protect themselves. My 16 year old daughter told me many girls at her high school are sexually active with males who have transportation, money and many of the guys are over 20 years old. Parents should be partially responsible for their offspring’s mistakes. Why do we divert to the criminal justice system when most of the problem could be avoided if parents raised and taught their children the ways to protect themselves. Until parents are not given a pass for their irresponsibilities nothing is going to change. It’s time for males and females thinking of having children or unprotected sex to have to pass a test for the right to bring a child into the world and if they fail that child the parents pay a hefty price.

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