GREENVILLE – A Darke County man was convicted on sex charges involving a child Tuesday morning in the Darke County Common Pleas Court.
One day before the scheduled jury trial was set to begin, Robert G. Lambert, 68, of the Arcanum area entered a plea of ‘No Contest’ to three counts of Gross Sexual Imposition. Lambert was indicted in February on five counts of Rape, felonies of the first degree, and five count of Gross Sexual Imposition (GSI), felonies of the third degree. As part of a plea agreement with the state, Lambert’s defense attorney David A. Rohrer was able to get the remaining seven charges dismissed if his client withdrew his ‘Not Guilty’ plea.
The Darke County Sheriff’s Office filed charges against Lambert following an investigation of engaging in sexual contact with a little girl. According to victim statements, the offenses began when she was just six years old and lasted approximately six years. Lambert, who only completed the eighth grade in school, admitted to some of the misconduct while being interviewed by detectives.
After finding Lambert guilty on the three GSI counts, Common Pleas Court Judge Jonathan P. Hein ordered a pre-sentence investigation, including a sex offender risk assessment prior to the scheduled sentencing date of Sept. 4 at 10 a.m. Judge Hein also ordered that the electronic house arrest be lifted for Lambert, but the no contact order with the victim remain.
Lambert faces a maximum of 15 years and $30,000 total on the three convictions. Darke County Prosecuting Attorney Kelly Ormsby recommended to the court a minimum of six years be handed down.
Since the offenses all pre-dated the Adam Walsh Act of 2008, Lambert will only be required to register as a sex offender for 10 years after completing any prison sentence imposed.