BLUE EARTH — A former Janesville Waldorf Pemberton coach who admitted to recording boys in locker rooms will spend three months in jail and a decade on probation.
Zachary Patrick Roberts, 28, of Janesville was convicted Monday of three counts of interfering with the privacy of a minor and one count of stalking a minor with sexual or aggressive intent. Four other counts of the same felony charges were dismissed as part of a plea deal.
Roberts was caught secretly recording members of the JWP basketball team in a locker room at United South Central School in December 2015. He admitted to making numerous prior recordings, according to the criminal complaint.
A Faribault County judge sentenced Roberts to 90 days in the county jail and 10 years of probation with conditions including he must go to therapy as long as the therapist recommends. A prison sentence was stayed, meaning Roberts will serve prison time only if he violates the other terms of his sentence.
County Attorney Troy Timmerman said he felt the sentence was fair and fulfilled the victims' wishes that the sentence be both punitive and encourage rehabilitation.
Roberts will not register as a predatory offender. His crimes did not qualify for that requirement, Timmerman said.