2012-10-04 / Local & State

Robinson Sentenced For Child Sex Crime

Defense files post-sentence motion, alleges new evidence
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Joshua Robinson Joshua Robinson NEWS EDITOR

A Big Cove Tannery man was remanded to the custody of the Fulton County Sheriff ’s Office Tuesday to begin what will be a minimum 15-year sentence in a state correctional institution for raping a 9-year-old girl at his 2391 Cito Road home.

Having been found guilty during a jury trial in late June, Joshua Wayne Robinson stood before Fulton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Angela R. Krom for sentencing on charges related to rape of a child, criminal attempt rape and multiple counts of indecent assault.

Judge Krom told Robinson the court had no reason to doubt or second guess the verdict handed down by the jury. She also said she understood the passion with which he has maintained his innocence.

In fact, the 28-year-old defendant maintained in court on October 2 that he was the victim of a crime he didn’t commit. He stated he would give his right arm for the little girl, whom he loved with all of his heart.

Robinson’s father, Kevin, also took the opportunity to address the court during sentencing proceedings, saying if the initial investigation by Pennsylvania State Police investigators had been done properly, the family wouldn’t be in court today. Furthermore, he said there was not any rock-solid evidence presented during the trail.

“ I’ve already lost my grandson, and now I’m losing my son,” Kevin Robinson said.

On behalf of the commonwealth, the victim’s grandmother said the girl continues to suffer from nightmares and lost her innocence through this incident. The woman asked for the court to impose the maximum penalty allowable by law.

In turn, the judge ordered Robinson to complete between 15 and 30 years in a state correctional institution for rape of a child and attempted rape of a child. Additional sentences related to indecent assault will run simultaneously.

In addition to DNA testing and sexual offender treatment, Robinson will be required to register throughout his lifetime as a Megan’s Law offender. He may not have unsupervised contact with anyone under the age of 18, and he is forbidden from contacting the victim and her family.

“ Her innocence and youthfulness have been seriously affected by these events,” Krom said of the victim after handing down the sentence.

At the tail end of the sentencing proceeding, the defense presented the court with a post-sentence motion that was to be filed Tuesday. The defense is asking for an evidentiary hearing to be held to address allegations of new evidence.

Their follow-up motion asking Robinson be granted bail pending the results of appeal was denied.

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