Court: Accused child molester kept from kids

Posted: Tuesday, February 04, 2003

A Juneau man accused of molesting two young family members can't see his children if he's released from prison on bail, according to a court order issued Monday.

Adam Rogers, 27, is charged with six counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor, a felony.

He is accused of raping two family members, girls ages 3 and 4, from February 2002 to January 2003. The Empire is not releasing the girls' names or Rogers' relationship to them.

Rogers pleaded innocent to all charges at his bail hearing in Juneau Superior Court on Thursday.

At the hearing, defense attorney Louis Menendez asked Superior Court Judge Larry Weeks to allow Rogers supervised visitations with his children, a boy and a girl, both 3.

Assistant District Attorney Sue McLean opposed the request and asked the judge to review two videotaped interviews from the alleged victims before rendering a decision. The contents of the tapes were not disclosed.

According to Weeks' decision, Rogers' bail remains at $20,000 and he must have a third-party custodian to be released. Weeks, who said in the order he viewed the videotapes, prohibited Rogers from having contact with anyone under 16, including his children.

Menendez could not be reached for comment on Weeks' decision by the Empire's midday deadline. Rogers still was lodged at Lemon Creek Correctional Center around noon today.

Rogers' trial is scheduled for April 17. If convicted he could receive up to 30 years in prison for each count of the indictment.

According to court records, Rogers has no prior felony convictions and never has been convicted of a sex crime. He has prior misdemeanor convictions including fourth-degree assault in 1997, domestic violence assault in 1999 and reckless driving in 1999.

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