Press Release United States Attorney-Omaha
Acting United States Attorney Steve Russell announced that Nathan R. Rogers, 27, formerly of South Sioux City, Nebraska, was sentenced today in Lincoln, Nebraska, by United States District Judge John M. Gerrard for production of child pornography. Rogers was sentenced to 15 years in prison and 5 years of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system. Rogers was also ordered to pay $3,000 that will contribute to the funds established for victims of these types of cases.
On or about March 3, 2021, the Nebraska State Patrol began investigating a report of sexual assault allegedly committed by Rogers. The minor complainant alleged that Rogers, who was an assistant coach at the high school she attended, had forcibly sexually assaulted her in December 2020. On March 26, 2021, investigators interviewed Rogers about the alleged sexual assault. During the interview, Rogers admitted to investigators that he had sex with her. Also, during the interview, Rogers admitted that he and the minor had communicated through text messages from her cell phone. Rogers was arrested for first degree sexual assault of a child and child abuse. During the arrest, investigators seized Rogers’ cell phone and a search warrant was obtained on March 30, 2021.
During the investigation, investigators interviewed another minor female (“Victim 1” as stated in the Indictment). Investigators reviewed information downloaded from Rogers’ cell phone and noted numerous videos of Rogers having sex with Victim 1. Investigators noted that the date stamp on the videos was between October 11, 2020 and February 20, 2020. 2021. Victim 1 would have been between 15 and 16 years old at the time of the videos. In total, there were about 23 videos containing some form of sexually explicit conduct involving Victim 1 located on Rogers’ cell phone. Like Minor 1, Victim 1 attended high school where Rogers worked as an assistant coach.
This case was brought as part of the Safe Childhood Project, a national initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by the United States Attorney’s Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), the Safe Childhood Project brings together federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute those who exploit to children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Nebraska State Patrol.