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Convicted child molester pleads guilty to public indecency

Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 1:39 PM
Last updated 8:09 PM
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A convicted child molester arrested earlier this year after he was caught performing a sex act on a city bus pleaded guilty Thursday.

Alerted by a female passenger, sheriff’s deputies arrested Renfred J. Roberts, 31, on May 18 for public indecency. After finding several small bags of marijuana during a pat-down search, the officer also charged Roberts with possession with intent to distribute. Roberts pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to both charges.

Judge J. Wade Padgett accepted a plea negotiation and sentenced Roberts to five years in prison – a term that he will serve simultaneously with a five-year sentence imposed last month for violating probation.

In 2002, Roberts pleaded guilty but mentally ill to child molestation and public indecency. He was sentenced to five years in prison followed by 10 years’ probation. Since his 2006 release from prison, Roberts has been convicted twice for violation of the Georgia sex offender registry.

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Ginot 12/20/12 - 03:23 pm

Served at the same time.... That will show him! These Judges around here are complete idiots.... Everybody knows where to go to commit a crime!

OpenCurtain 12/20/12 - 08:23 pm
This sure will help

the Augusta Transit Authority increase its rider numbers...


billcass 12/21/12 - 12:06 pm
Don't blame the judge

Judge Padgett was following the terms of the plea. You can't blame him for what the government and defense agreed to.

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