Summerland man waits for sentencing on sexual exploitation charge

A Summerland man who pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation will be sentenced on Sept. 30.

Joshua James Roberts

Joshua James Roberts

A Summerland man who pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation will be sentenced on Sept. 30.

Joshua James Roberts, 38, pleaded guilty in March to sexual exploitation involving a person under the age of 18 whose identity is protected by a routine publication ban. Roberts had met the teenager when she began working at the pizza shop he supervised.

Many of the initial charges Roberts faced, including possession of child pornography, invitation to sexual touching and assault with a weapon, were stayed.

Roberts was released on recognizance on Dec. 10, 2014 under the condition that he not possess electronic devices for communication and that he not be in the company of anyone under the age of 18 without supervision.

The charge Roberts has pleaded guilty to has a mandatory minimum sentence of three months in jail.