Wisconsin man sentenced for role in Madisonville teen’s disappearance

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MADISON, Wis. (WATE) – A Wisconsin man was sentenced to 135 months or a little over 11 years in federal prison to his role in a Madisonville teen’s disappearance.

Bryan David Rogers had admitted to aiding the Monroe County teen to abscond from her home in January, taking her across state lines.

Following his 11-year, 3-month federal prison term, Rogers will also face another 15 years of supervised release, according to the sentencing document obtained by WATE 6 On Your Side.

Under a plea agreement, Rogers pled guilty in June to one count of the superseding indictment, a count of transporting a minor across state lines for the purpose of committing sexual assault.

“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. “My office is committed to working with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners to bring interstate child predators to justice.”

Judge Conley noted that Rogers targeted an extremely vulnerable victim and could have been a hero in this case by reporting the victim’s abuse to authorities; instead Rogers did not help her and further victimized her.

Rogers was previously charged with persuading the minor to engage in sexual conduct for the purpose of capturing it on video, then transporting the video across state lines; as well as lying to the FBI about not having any in-person contact with the teen.

Court documents say Rogers met the teen through an online game wherein the teen told Rogers she was being sexually assaulted by her adoptive father. Rogers then allegedly persuaded the girl to engage in sexually explicit conduct and make a video recording, which she then sent to Rogers.

Rogers then traveled to Tennessee and returned to Wisconsin with with the teen.

The Monroe County teen went missing on January 13 before being found in Wisconsin over two weeks later.

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