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EXCLUSIVE: Father arrested for allegedly abducting daughter speaks out from jail

Dad says he thought he was rescuing his daughter
Posted at 11:11 PM, Sep 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-20 10:45:54-04

The father involved in a recent Amber Alert spoke out in an exclusive 5 On Your Side Investigation.

William Christopher Roberts was captured last Tuesday after allegedly abducting his 15-year-old daughter.

In an exclusive interview inside the Summit County Jail, 40-year-old Williams said he believed he was actually rescuing his daughter from an older man who was about to meet with her in Brunswick Monday night and flee with her.

"We drove around. We went to a Rally's in Cleveland. We went to McDonalds over here off of Grant," he said.

In the interview, Roberts said he contacted authorities about his concerns and received no response.

As a result, Roberts insists he had no choice but to rescue his daughter and picked her up in Brunswick last Monday.

Roberts: I drove to Brunswick and asked the guy to leave. He told me he was not leaving without her.

Regan: Then what did you do?

Roberts: What do you mean — what did I do? I punched him in his frickin' face.

Regan: And took Robin?

Roberts: I took my kid and said 'you're going back to foster care' and she said 'I'm leaving with you or I'm leaving with him.' I took Robin and I made a statement.

An exclusive 5 On Your Side investigation Friday revealed that Roberts spent 3 years in prison for gross sexual imposition of a young girl in 2005.

Despite spending 3 years in prison--and being a registered sex offender--Roberts was awarded custody of his two children last year, including the 15-year-old and her 11-year-old sister.

In our exclusive interview, Roberts insists the rape and gross sexual imposition charges involving another child were trumped up charges that never should have been filed.

In fact, Roberts claims he was finally awarded custody of his two children last year because the courts realized the original charges were fraudulent.

Even so, Portage County Children Services says it opposed any effort to award Roberts custody and said it was solely a decision by the court.

Roberts is expected to appear in Stow Municipal Court Tuesday Morning and later in Portage County Juvenile Court where he says he will fight to retain custody his children.