Federal verdict handed down against Sheffield man in sex case
A former Sheffield man has been found guilty in a split verdict in federal court on charges related to the production of child pornography.
The case was brought against Jeffrey Colin Rogers, 59, during a trial held late last week.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, a jury deliberating for about five hours found Rogers guilty of six counts.
Federal court records show that the indictment brought a total of 16 counts and that the jury returned not guilty verdicts on the other 10 counts.
The indictment presented to the court, according to a previous Times Observer report, alleges that “Rogers took sexually explicit photos of two victims who were under the age of 18” between November 2017 and February 2018.
An order on a motion to suppress evidence and dismiss the indictment provides details of the crime.
Warren County Children and Youth reported to Pennsylvania State Police that a victim had reported twice being sexually assaulted by “Jeff.” A search warrant was subsequently obtained for an apartment at 3 Center St.
That order states that the victim went with a friend to, she believed, clean for Rogers but he ultimately photographed them during sexual acts.
It also includes a narrative from the investigation that he tied up both victims during the assault, photographed them and provided marijuana to them.
According to the DOJ, the Pennsylvania State Police discovered the illegal images after executing a search warrant at Rogers’ apartment in February 2018 and seizing Rogers’ phone.
Prosecutors say the case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.
They also note that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pennsylvania State Police conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Rogers.
Sentencing has been set for Dec. 5 and, per the DOJ, Rogers faces a total sentence of up to 160 years in prison.