A Wisconsin man pleaded not guilty to a child porn charge Thursday after being indicted by a grand jury. He is accused of encouraging a Madisonville teen to produce video of her adoptive father allegedly raping her and traveling to Tennessee to pick her up.
Bryan David Rogers faces one count of production of child pornography and one count of making a false statement. He could face 15 to 30 years in prison.
The jury alleges Rogers “knowingly and intentionally persuaded, induced and coerced a minor… to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such conduct, and such visual depiction was transported in interstate commerce from Tennessee to Wisconsin.”
He’s also charged with lying to authorities about driving to Tennessee to pick up the girl and that she was at his mother’s home in Wisconsin.
Rogers’ attorneys said in court documents that he met the Madisonville teen while playing the online game Roblox where she told him she was allegedly being sexually assaulted by her adoptive father. Rogers, according to the affidavit, then told her to get video proof of the alleged assault.
Rogers, the document states, believed the teen was in danger and traveled to Tennessee to bring her to safety. The two absconded on January 14 and she was reported missing the next morning.
Rogers took the girl to his mother’s home in Wisconsin and hid her in the basement, the document states. While there, the teen wrote a six-page letter to the FBI detailing the years of alleged abuse.
The girl’s adoptive father, Randall Pruitt, has been charged with rape.