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Sex offender sentenced to 30 years for sexual exploitation of minor

In July 2019, Concord Police were investigating a report that Jerry Roberts, 38, of Concord assaulted a neighbor at an apartment complex on Fisherville Road.

When police arrived, they found Roberts inside an apartment with a minor. Roberts was later charged with first-degree assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping, criminal threatening with a deadly weapon and criminal liability for the conduct of another, all felonies, and resisting arrest, a misdemeanor.

During the investigation, police found a digital camera containing videos that Roberts filmed of the minor engaging in sexually explicit contact, prosecutors said.

“Roberts is a repeat and dangerous sex offender against children,” said United States District Attorney Jane Young. “The sentence handed down in this case reflects the serious nature of the crimes committed by this defendant, which are particularly troubling given his multiple prior convictions for sexual abuse of young children.”

According to the state’s sex offender registry, Roberts was paroled in September 2018. His criminal record in the state is extensive and includes convictions in Belknap County in 2008 for aggravated sexual assault [rape] of a child under the age of 16, in addition to sexual assault in 20014 in Rockingham County. In the past 15 years, he has also been convicted of domestic violence, stalking, reckless conduct, witness tampering, second-degree assault, simple assault, possession of a controlled substance and violating his parole.

The investigation was led by the Concord Police Department with assistance from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations.

“The Concord Police Department remains committed to investigating crimes against children in an effort to protect such a vulnerable population,” Concord Police Lt. Marc McGonagle said in a statement.

In addition to his 30-year sentence, Roberts faces a lifetime of supervised release.

“Today’s sentence reflects the seriousness of the crimes Roberts committed and damage he has done to the children he harmed,” said Matthew Millhollin, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in New England. “He will now be be hind bars, unable to  re-offend, while those he victimized can begin to heal and look to the future.”

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