Eggert gets 2 more years for probation violation

Robert Eggert Jr. has already served time in prison. Now he's facing an additional two years for violating the terms of his probation. Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Howard Hinson sentenced Eggert on Monday.

Eggert, 66, of Cottonwood, was charged in October 1999 after three young boys reportedly accused him of fondling them and exposing himself in their presence.

The former Verde Valley Boy Scout leader entered a no contest plea back in May 2001 on one count attempted child molestation and one count of public sexual indecency. He was sentenced and served a little over a year in the Arizona Department of Corrections.

He was placed on lifetime probation after his release. Last month his probation officer filed a petition to revoke that probation.

Renee Mascher of Yavapai County's adult probation department testified last month that since being released, Eggert had kept in touch with inmates. She said he wrote letters to them. His probation terms state he is not to have any contact with known criminals.

Eggert was also not able to successfully complete sex offender treatment, according to Mascher. That he do so is also a term of his probation.

Mascher said Eggert was never able to admit to the molestation. That hindered his recovery efforts, she said.

Hinson agreed and ruled that the violations had occurred.

Eggert was in court Monday and only told the judge that he would like to continue to serve his church.

Hinson explained that he had considered the facts and circumstances of the case. He said Eggert acted in a grossly inappropriate and damaging manner with the young boys involved.

"The evidence was clear and convincing," Hinson said.

In an earlier hearing regarding the petition to revoke his probation, Eggert explained that he had suffered head trauma and had some frontal lobe damage.

Hinson said that damage had undoubtedly contributed to his behaviors. The judge said Eggert simply doesn't have the ability to comply with his probation conditions.

"The choice is prison or probation," Hinson said. "Probation hasn't worked."

The two-year term Hinson ordered was a mitigated sentence. Hinson explained that he took Eggert's impaired capacity, lack of a prior criminal record and the fact that he's already served time into account.

Eggert was given credit for 130 days already served.


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