Chesterfield, MO

Chesterfield man sentenced 10 years for child sex trafficking

Steve Chao

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SAINT LOUIS, MO — A press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office Eastern District of Missouri announced on Tuesday that Jeremy Rogers, 45, of Chesterfield, Missouri was sentenced to ten years in prison after one count of sex trafficking of a child.

According to the release, Rogers, during mid-2019, contacted the child victim on the internet via a social media application while using an alias in order to hide his identity and his status as a registered sex offender. While in contact with the victim via the internet, Rogers was made aware of the victim’s age. Rogers then persuaded the victim to meet with him face-to-face in July 2019. He then drove the victim to his residence in Chesterfield where he subjected her to various sexual acts, including sexual intercourse.

“What happened has greatly hurt the way I value and view myself. It has caused anxiety and great emotional distress. I feel if he had not been caught, he definitely would have attempted this with some other innocent and naive person who doesn’t know any better,” the victim said to the court prior to the sentencing.

“He clearly had no regard for my age, or level of comfort. It will most likely be a very long while, if ever, before I gain complete closure, but knowing that this man will not be able to do this to anybody else will greatly help to give me peace of mind,” the victim added.

Three years ago, on October 9, 2018 Rogers pleaded guilty in an unrelated case to the felony offense of attempted sexual exploitation of a minor. Roger’s guilty plea was made in the Circuit Court of Boone County, Missouri, after which, Rogers was sentenced to eight years of imprisonment. The execution of that sentence was suspended. Rogers was placed on five years of probation.

Due to this state conviction, Rogers was required to register as a sex offender under federal law and the laws of the state of Missouri.

The above sex trafficking of a child case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Jillian Anderson is handling the case.

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