A Wisconsin man has now been charged with sexual exploitation of a child after a U.S. Attorney says he knowingly persuaded a 14-year-old Madisonville girl to engage in sexually explicit conduct in order to produce video evidence of it, then transported the video from Tennessee to Wisconsin.
An affidavit says Bryan Rogers, 31, met the teen through an online game. The teen told Rogers she was being sexually assaulted. The affidavit then says Rogers persuaded the girl to engage in sexually explicit conduct and make a video recording, which she then sent to Rogers.
Rogers is then accused of traveling to Tennessee and then returning to Wisconsin with the girl.
The Monroe County teen went missing on January 13 before being found in Wisconsin over two weeks later has since returned to Tennessee.
Investigators say the teen contacted the FBI’s office in St. Louis, Missouri while the investigation into their disappearance was underway.
According to investigators, an FBI tip led authorities to the home of Rogers, who lives with his mother, in Madison, Wisconsin – where the teen was found.
The affidavit says Rogers initially told investigators he never met the girl in person and did not travel to Tennessee to pick her up. He also said the girl wasn’t in his home.
A short time later, an investigator arrived at the home and met with Rogers’ mother. Officers searched Rogers’ living area in his mother’s basement and found the girl hiding in a closet.
Rogers admitted he didn’t send the video of the teen’s alleged rape to law enforcement because he thought it wouldn’t stand up in court.
Rogers was arrested and charged with abduction and/or child taking by the Dane County Sheriff’s Office, on the same day it was released the teen had been found.
Lead investigator in the case, Jason Fillyaw with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, along with a case manager and THP officer who’s been assigned to the FBI, all flew out Friday morning to bring the teen back to Tennessee Saturday night.
Randall Lee Pruitt, 41, the teen’s adoptive father, was arrested and charged with rape in the missing Monroe County teen case. An arrest warrant says videos of Pruitt engaging in sexual activity with the girl were found on her phone.
While the teen is back in her home state, we’re told she is not at home with family. Investigators say she is in a safe place surrounded with people there to help her.
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office says it has switched from a missing child investigation to a criminal investigation and will no longer answer questions or make statements about the case.
If convicted, Rogers faces 15 to 30 years in federal prison.