Update: released and living in Durham – Exact location unknown

February 2006

Pervert jailed for sex attacks on young girl

A child molester who jumped bail and went on the run in Spain has finally been jailed for five and a half years.

Convicted rapist Adam Rogers was facing prison for horrific sex attacks on a Tyneside schoolgirl he repeatedly assaulted and abused.

But he never turned up for a court hearing in January 2004 where a Judge issued an International warrant for his arrest.  He was charged on November 21, 2003, with seven counts of indecent assault and one of gross indecency involving a young girl. The allegations were said to relate to a period between 1993 and 2000.

And it was almost two years before Rogers was finally captured in Malaga – where he had gone to a Salvation Army Hostel – then extradited to the UK. The 57-year-old from Atkinson Road, Benwell admitted six specimen charges of indecent assault and another of gross indecency with the victim.

He already has an earlier conviction for raping a 16-year-old girl, Newcastle Crown Court heard.

Passing sentence, Judge Michael Cartlidge told him: “You are truly a very dangerous man who should be kept well away from young people.”

He also imposed a Prevention Order barring Rogers from contact with children, disqualified him from ever working with youngsters and told him he must register as a sex offender for life.

Probation Officers will supervise Rogers for another three years after the end of his prison term.

He targeted the girl when she was under eight and systematically preyed on her for several years while she suffered in silence.

But finally she spoke out about her ordeal, the court heard.

And Rogers confessed he had repeatedly simulated sex with the girl as well as performed obscene acts in front of her.

Christopher Mitford, defending, said Rogers had made early admissions to police and his victim had known from the outset there would be no trial