Appeals Court upholds sexual battery conviction

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — The state Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld the conviction of a former Greenville police officer sentenced to 25 years for sexual battery of a 14-year-old girl who became pregnant.

Benjamin Roberson was convicted in 2009 in Washington County.

Prosecutors say Roberson was arrested in 2007 after responding to a call from the child’s mother that her daughter had run away. They say Roberson assisted in locating the girl and the sexual act occurred while Roberson was transporting the teenager back home.

Roberson contended on appeal that he was coerced into confessing to the crime, but the Appeals Court said there was nothing in the trial record to support that claim.