UPDATE: Ex-coach sentenced to 10 years for sex charge

TEXARKANA (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a former Texarkana-area youth baseball coach who pleaded guilty to a sex charge has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

The U.S. Attorney's office for the Western District of Arkansas says 62-year-old Walter Richard Roberts of Texarkana, Ark., was sentenced Wednesday to the maximum sentence available under the law at the time of the crime.

Prosecutors say Roberts was a youth baseball coach in Texarkana from 1986 to 1994 and that he engaged in a pattern of sexual assault that spanned several years.

Roberts pleaded guilty in November to a charge of taking a minor across state lines for sex.

His lawyer, Craig Henry of Texarkana, didn't immediately respond to a phone message left late Wednesday.

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