Derek Rogers

Posted: August 14, 2014 by Serendipity in Victoria
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Vic man jailed for neighbours’ child abuse

Patrick CaruanaAugust 14, 2014, 4:31 pm

A Victorian man who sexually abused his neighbours’ daughters over a seven-year period has been jailed for more than eight years.

Derek Rogers, 64, started abusing the two girls in the early 1990s, when they were aged three and four, after his wife befriended their parents.

On one occasion, he assaulted one of the girls in his backyard swimming pool while others were present.

He also abused both girls in a cubby house, and continued to prey on them over a seven-year period.

Rogers pleaded guilty to sexual penetration of a child, indecent assault and indecent touching and was on Thursday sentenced to eight years and one month in jail.

Victorian County Court Judge Wendy Wilmoth said Rogers had abused the trust placed in him by the girls and their parents.

“You preyed upon their innocence and trust,” Judge Wilmoth said.

“You were brazen in your manipulation of the children, involving elements of grooming, and you intimidated them into silence.”

Rogers must serve six years in jail before becoming eligible for parole.


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