MADISON (WKOW) — A Madison man will spend more than 11 years in federal prison for taking a teenager across state lines to have sex with her.
Bryan Rogers, 31, was sentenced Friday afternoon in U.S. District Court to 135 months in prison and 15 years of supervised release. He had previously pleaded guilty to taking a minor across state lines to engage in sexual activity. Three other charges were dropped as part of a deal.
Authorities say Rogers met the Tennessee teenager online. They say the girl told Rogers she was being sexually abused and he asked her to send him video evidence, which she did.
Investigators say Rogers then went to Tennessee and brought the teen to Madison where he lived with his mother. The girl was reported missing on January 14, 2019.
Police searched Rogers’ home January 31 and found the girl hiding in a closet. Rogers’ mother told police she was not aware the teen girl was in her home for two weeks. The girl told investigators she hid in Rogers’ closet or in the trunk of his car while he was at work. She also told investigators Rogers had engaged in sexual intercourse with her.
“The actions of this defendant are abhorrent. Instead of immediately contacting law enforcement, Rogers encouraged the child victim to produce a video of the sexual abuse, and after claiming to rescue her, he himself sexually assaulted her,” said U.S. Attorney Blader in a statement. “My office is committed to working with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners to bring interstate child predators to justice.”
The judge who sentenced Rogers noted he targeted an “extremely vulnerable victim” and could have been a hero, but instead further victimized her.