HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Authorities say a Dauphin County man pled no contest to child molestation charges moments before his trial was set to begin.
Stephen B. Rogers, 25, of Harrisburg, was accused of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl from 2013 to 2014.
He faced charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, and unlawful contact with a minor.
Following his plea, Judge Deborah E. Curcillo sentenced Rogers to 6-to-12 years in state prison. He also received 9 years of probation and a lifetime registration as a sex offender under Megan’s Law.
According to court documents, an investigation began after the victim’s older sister witnessed Rogers inappropriately touch the 9-year-old.
In court, defense counsel stated that Rogers suffered from intellectual disabilities and hopes the system will get him help in addition to sexual offender treatment.