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Former youth baseball coach sentenced to 30 more years in prison

Robert Joubert

Robert Joubert

Robert Joubert, the former Concord area youth baseball coach convicted in March of molesting a former player, was sentenced yesterday to 30 to 60 years in state prison, the maximum penalty prosecutors had sought.

The sentence was announced yesterday in Merrimack County Superior Court following hours of charged testimony from the victim’s father, other alleged victims and Joubert himself, who continues to maintain his innocence.

Joubert, 61, has already been sentenced in federal court to 40 years in prison for crimes involving the same victim and incidents. He is expected to serve his state sentence first.

Joubert was belligerent throughout yesterday’s preceding, interrupting prosecutors and witnesses with loud outbursts, shaking his head and pointing fingers at one of the alleged victims, his now-adult adopted son. During a statement, he accused the Monitor of mischaracterization, the police of a faulty investigation and accusers of outright deceit.

“I haven’t sexually assaulted any of these liars,” he said under oath.

The scene was nearly identical to that at the federal sentencing in March, throughout which Joubert lacked remorse for his crimes. Prosecutors and alleged victims seized on that point again yesterday, saying Joubert’s attitude “demonstrates an alarming disconnect with reality.”

“The defendant is a predator in the truest sense of the word,” Assistant County Attorney Kristin Vartanian said.

“There’s no sentence that is enough,” said Joubert’s adopted son. “There’s no way he can make this right. And he doesn’t even care to make it right.”

The victim in this trial, a former player on one of Joubert’s teams who is now in his early 20s, told jurors in March that Joubert had coerced him to perform sexual favors on him from 2002 to 2004, when he was between 10 and 12. He declined to make a statement yesterday, but his father said he hoped Joubert “never sees another baseball field, never sees another kid.

“I hope he never sees the light of day,” he said.

Three other alleged victims gave statements yesterday, including Joubert’s son, who accused Joubert of inflicting the same abuse on him as a young child. A second man said he abused him once when he was in his early teens, and a woman testified that Joubert pressured her into having sex twice, in addition to other sexual abuse when she lived with him briefly in 1999 at age 17.

Like the others, the woman insisted that Joubert’s abuse had left her emotionally scarred.

“I don’t know who to trust,” she said. “I never know who to trust.”

Joubert’s public defenders did not explicitly request a lesser sentence, saying they didn’t feel it was appropriate to offer a number given his denial of the claims. They offered several letters supporting Joubert, and asked Judge Larry Smukler to take into account mitigating factors such as his sparse criminal history before the assault allegations.

Joubert told Smukler that he has always tried to live his life as a humanitarian, and that his “intentions were honest and pure.” He accused the victim and alleged victims of colluding to frame him, and said that he was in fact a “victim of vicious lies.”

Joubert has had cases pending in other courts, but those are expected to be dropped given yesterday’s sentence. An appeal has been filed in his federal case, but one has yet to be filed in this case. James Quay, one of his public defenders, said they planned to appeal the conviction. They have 30 days from yesterday’s sentencing to do so.

(Jeremy Blackman can be reached at 369-3319, jblackman@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @jblackmancm.)

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