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Boyd County man indicted for rape, sodomy

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Charges involve two minors, police said

By Sarah Bennett

A Hardin County grand jury indicted an Ashland man Thursday who faces four felony sex charges stemming from alleged encounters with girls who were younger than 12 at the time.

Edward P. Rogers, 34, was indicted on charges of first-degree rape, first-degree sexual abuse and two counts of first-degree sodomy. The case was presented to the grand jury as a direct indictment.

Rogers is accused of subjecting two girls to forcible sexual contact, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Teresa Logsdon said.

In both cases, the girls knew Rogers and were younger than 12 at the time of the alleged offenses, Logsdon said.

One sodomy count stems from an incident in 2006 in Elizabethtown, according to an indictment. The other charges are related to encounters in 2010 in Hardin County.

An indictment is an allegation, not proof of guilt. Rogers is innocent until proven guilty.

Though there is one indictment, police said detectives from two local agencies were investigated the separate incidents.

Detective Sgt. Brian Graham with Elizabethtown Police Department investigated the case involving the first girl while Kentucky State Police Detective Jason Propes investigated the second.

Graham said Propes’ investigation spurred his after evidence was uncovered suggesting there could be more than one victim. The detective said he received an initial complaint Jan. 4.

“A lot of time had passed since the incident, so it took some time to track back witnesses,” Graham said.

A warrant for Rogers’ arrest was issued on indictment. Bond is set at $100,000 cash.

As of Monday, he was not lodged at the Hardin County Detention Center.

Rogers is scheduled to appear April 30 for arraignment in Hardin Circuit Court.

First-degree sodomy and first-degree rape are Class A felonies, according to Kentucky Revised Statutes. Both offenses are punishable by 20 to 50 years or life in prison if found guilty.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.