A 16-year-old girl submitted to sex with an East Peoria man to avoid “living out of the car again,” charges allege.
Robert Rogers, 59, told the girl he would kick her and her mother out of his house, where they had been living since last October, if she didn’t comply with his demands, according to the 10 charges filed against him on May 22.
They include three of criminal sexual assault as a person of supervision over the victim, four of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, two of indecent solicitation of a child and one of promoting juvenile prostitution.
Rogers remains in custody on $150,000 bond pending prosecution. Each of the assault charges carries a maximum 15-year prison term.
Police were called May 15 by a woman who became concerned for the alleged victim after seeing screen shots of online messages mentioning sex that Rogers had sent to the girl, a prosecutor’s court affidavit stated.
The girl told an officer the next day that Rogers had sexual contact with her “too many times to count” since she and her mother moved into his house. She was afraid of being kicked out “and living out of the car again” if she didn’t submit to him, the affidavit stated.
Rogers also offered her money for sex and tried to get her to have sex with another man living in the home in exchange for money, the affidavit stated.
Rogers told police he was “like a guardian” and surrogate parent to the girl. He denied any sexual contact with her until he was shown the online messages he’d sent to her, the affidavit stated.
He is next due in court on June 21.