Tulsa man convicted of indecent exposure asking for a new sentence


Friday, March 18th 2005, 6:13 am
By: News On 6


A Tulsa mother is outraged to think a man convicted of exposing himself could get a new, lighter sentence.

Chris Roberts[pictured] pleaded no contest to exposing himself to little girls at a Tulsa hotel on New Year's Eve. The judge sentenced him to 15 years. But now, Roberts has hired a new attorney who asked the judge to let Roberts change his plea to guilty and have a hearing for a new sentence. And the judge agreed.

The girls’ mother Julie Kramer: "I'm shocked, appalled, disappointed. I can't believe they let them change their plea and get a lighter sentence. It sends the wrong message. To me, that would be illegal."

Kramer says the girls testified because they believed Roberts would go to jail and they'd feel safe.

Roberts' pre-sentence report recommended prison because he hasn't accepted responsibility for the crime, but instead blamed the girls and alcohol. The report also says Roberts scored low for risk of repeating his crime, is going through alcohol counseling and offered to pay for counseling for the girls.

His new hearing is March 30th and his sentence could be lighter, stricter or remain the same.