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Date: 08-31-2019

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United States of America v. Joseph Robertson

Case Number: 3:18-cr-05271-RBL

Judge: Ronald B. Leighton

Court: United States District Court for the Western District of Washington (King County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: Kaylynn Foulon and Grady Leupold

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Seattle, WA - Child and Youth Program Assistant Sentenced to Prison for Abusive Sexual Contact With a Minor

A North Carolina man was sentenced to two years in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release, for abusive sexual contact with a minor.

Joseph Robertson, 38, of Sanford, North Carolina, pleaded guilty on June 6, to one count of abusive sexual contact.

According to facts admitted by the defendant during his guilty plea, Robertson was employed by the Department of Defense as a child and youth program assistant at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany. During the summer of 2016, while accompanying children from the Ramstein youth center to a swimming pool in a nearby town, Robertson engaged in abusive sexual contact with a minor who was 13-14 years old on multiple occasions, including touching the minor's genitals over the minor’s clothing.

The investigation of the case was conducted by U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations and the FBI, led by Seattle Division’s Tacoma Resident Agency Child Exploitation Task Force.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and CEOS, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit


Abusive Sexual Contact - 18:2244(a)(3), 2246(3), 3261(a)(1) & 3238

Outcome: 08/30/2019 40 Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Ronald B. Leighton- CRD: Dara Kaleel; AUSA: Kaylynn Foulon, Grady Leupold; Def Cnsl: Zachary Wagnild, Christopher Black; USPO: Kelly Neumeister; Court Reporter: Angela Nicolavo; SENTENCING held on 8/30/2019 for Joseph Robertson (1). Sentencing Guidelines addressed, recommendations, victim statement & allocution. DISPOSITION: Count 1 = 24 mos BOP custody, five (5) yrs supervised release, fine waived, $100 SPA, restitution TBD at restitution hearing scheduled for 11/1/19 @ 10:30 AM. Placement recommendation made for FCI Butner, and sex offender & mental health treatment. Dft waives right to be present at restitution hearing. Dft advised of appeal rights. Defendant allowed to self-report. (DK) (Entered: 08/30/2019)
08/30/2019 41 JUDGMENT as to Joseph Robertson by Judge Ronald B. Leighton. (cc: USPO, PTS, FLU, Fin., USMO, Sea Tac Det) (DK) (Entered: 08/30/2019)
08/30/2019 42 NOTICE OF HEARING as to Joseph Robertson. Restitution Hearing set for 11/1/2019 at 10:30 AM in Courtroom B before Judge Ronald B. Leighton. (cc: USPO, PTS, USMO)(DK) (Entered: 08/30/2019)

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