Harrisburg man pleads to child molestation charges moments before trial

Stephen B. Rogers

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.

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