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Lynchburg man pleads guilty to computer solicitation

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By John Barnhart

Rogers, 38, of Lynchburg could spend a long time in prison after pleading no contest, in Bedford County Circuit Court last week, to four computer solicitation charges. According to Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance, each of the charges carries a sentence of five to 30 years in prison, with a mandatory five year sentence.
    Nance said that Rogers had two Internet chats in July with a person he thought was a 13-year-old girl but who, in reality, was an undercover investigator with the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force. The officer immediately identified himself as a 13-year-old girl Rogers began an on-line chat that Nance described as “very sexual in nature,”  telling her what he would like to do to her and what he would like her to do to him.
    He also used a web camera to expose himself to the investigator and masturbate in front of a person he thought was a 13-year-old girl.
    Rogers is slated for a sentencing hearing in Circuit Court on Jan. 21 at 1 p.m. and a presentencing  report will be prepared. He had no criminal record before this conviction.