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March 8, 2013

Wife of convicted child rapist found guilty of same crime

The wife of a man convicted in 2011 for raping a child has been found guilty as an equal accomplice in the same crime.

Dianne Kathy Robertson, 56, was convicted Thursday in Cullman Circuit Court of first-degree rape. A sentencing date will be set by Circuit Judge Greg Nicholas. She remains confined in the Cullman County Detention Center.

The charge against Robertson stems from a decades-old case that came to light when the victim, now in her 30s, reported to authorities that she had been raped as a child. The victim’s account of the crime in 2009 eventually led to the conviction of Ronald Eugene Robertson, 62, in March 2011. He is the husband of Dianne Kathy Robertson.

“This is a Class A felony that carries a sentence of 10 to 99 years,” said Wilson Blaylock, Cullman County district attorney. “It’s been a long road in this case, but we are pleased with how it ended today. We feel like the right verdict was reached.”

Deputy district attorney John Bryant led the prosecution in the case against Dianne Kathy Robertson.

“There were a lot of hard facts to listen to in this case, and it’s been difficult. She’s been found guilty and the judge will set sentencing,” Blaylock said.

Prosecutors have never publicly disclosed the nature of the victim’s relationship to the Robertson in an effort to preserve her anonymity. During Ronald Robertson’s trial, prosecutors demonstrated that he had access to the victim throughout much of her childhood, and that she had endured continued sexual assaults for six years.

David Palmer may be contacted at dpalmer@cullmantimes.com or 256-734-2131, ext. 213.

 

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