Having sex multiple times over the course of a weekend with a 14-year-old girl will cost a local teen two years in prison and what could be a lifetime of listing himself on the state’s sexual offender registry.
The defendant, Ricky Lee Rogers, 19 at the time of the crime, entered guilty pleas to three counts of statutory rape and was directed by Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to serve two years in prison.
He will be credited for the 147 days he has already served, which, calculating good behavior credits, should have him close for release on time-served. He will also be required to list himself with the sexual offender registry which tracks the locations of convicted sex offenders. The listing is often for life, but since his case is an E felony, he will be able to petition the state to remove him from the registry within the next 10 years.
Rogers was charged after lawmen got word he had engaged in sexual relations with the younger teen. Under state law, it is legal for a person who is of age to engage in relations with an underage person if they are within four years of their age. Rogers was five years older than his victim.
“The victim gave statements that the two had sex 11 times between the night of Feb. 12 and the morning of Feb. 14,” said sheriff’s investigator Jason Rowland in his warrants against Rogers.
The investigator said he learned the two had sex on multiple occasions on each of those days. He did not reveal where the illegal contact happened. The 19-year-old reportedly confessed to the crimes.
“When questioned about the incidents, he admitted having sex with the victim on those dates,” Rowland noted.