Man who asked for video of rape before helping teen charged with sexual exploitation of a minor

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MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Wisconsin man told a 14-year-old Tennessee girl he met online that he’d help her run away when she told him her adoptive father was sexually molesting her, but only if she sent him video proof of the sexual assault, federal prosecutors allege.

Prosecutors said in a complaint filed this week against 31-year-old Bryan Rogers that he drove to the girl’s home in Tennessee to pick her up on Jan. 14 once she provided him with the video. Rogers then destroyed the girl’s phone and avoided tollways and gas stations on the way back to his home in Madison, Wisconsin — all to avoid detection, prosecutors said.

Rogers is being held at the county jail in Madison. Prosecutors are seeking a grand jury indictment on charges that include sexual exploitation of a child to produce a visual depiction. His attorney, Marcus Berghahn, did not immediately return a call seeking comment Wednesday from The Associated Press. Berghahn declined comment to reporters following Rogers’ initial court appearance Monday.

Meanwhile, in Tennessee, authorities arrested the girl’s adoptive father in Monroe County on rape charges, according to online jail records. He is being held on $2 million bail. The AP is not identifying the adoptive father to protect the girl’s identity.

Rogers is due in court again Thursday to determine whether he’ll remain in jail while his case proceeds.

According to an FBI agent’s affidavit, Rogers began chatting with the teen on an online gaming platform called Roblox on Dec. 24. Soon after, the girl told Rogers her adoptive father was raping her but that her mother didn’t believe her. She told Rogers she was suicidal. Continue Reading