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Federal charges against former youth baseball coach Joubert separated into two trials

A judge has split the federal charges against Robert Joubert into two separate trials after the former youth baseball coach argued he wants only to testify against allegations made by one of the two men he’s charged with sexually abusing.

According to court documents filed by his attorney in U.S. District Court in Concord, 59-year-old Joubert of Manchester plans to testify that he never assaulted a boy on a trip to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., during 1996 or 1997, as federal prosecutors allege. Joubert has also been charged in federal court with persuading another boy to masturbate on camera between 2002 and 2003.

In an order given earlier this month, Judge Joseph Laplante said he didn’t believe Joubert was constitutionally entitled to two separate trials but noted that he could accommodate the request because of the “relative lightness” of the court’s current criminal caseload. The first trial, pertaining to the boy Joubert is accused of filming, is scheduled to begin in October.

In total, Joubert is accused of assaulting five people in cases that span two decades and are being prosecuted in federal court, Merrimack County Superior Court and Hillsborough County Superior Court. Joubert came under investigation in March 2012 after a Concord woman, the mother of one of the men Joubert is accused of assaulting, contacted the police in the Maine town where he ran his baseball academy. Joubert was arrested in June 2012.

(Tricia L. Nadolny can be reached at 369-3306 or
tnadolny@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @tricia_nadolny.)

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