Softball coach charged with raping player
By Associated Press, 12/9/2004 11:56
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) A 46-year-old girls' softball coach, who police say planned to elope to New Mexico with one of his 15-year-old players, has been charged with rape.
Randall Rogers of Dartmouth was ordered held Tuesday on $10,000 cash bail by a New Bedford District Court judge after pleading innocent at his arraignment on three counts of statutory rape. Rogers tried to get the bail reduced at a hearing in superior court on Wednesday, but the request was denied.
Prosecutors said that Rogers, who allegedly considered himself ''engaged'' to the girl, seemed unconcerned when he was arrested Tuesday.
''At the time of his arrest, Mr. Rogers still claimed his love for the child and regardless of what society thinks, he still wants to marry her,'' a police press release said.
Rogers' wife of 20 years died in April at age 36 after she had an asthma attack while in New Mexico to help some friends move, according to Rogers's sister, Christina Hart.
''He's been very distraught over his wife's death,'' Hart told the Boston Herald. ''It's deep. He blames himself for letting her go.''
Rogers has three children. Two were home Wednesday, but they declined comment and slammed the door on reporters, The Standard-Times of New Bedford reported.
Police said Rogers began dating the victim in August. The two had sex during the last four months, before one of the girl's family members told police.
Assistant District Attorney Raymond Veary Jr. told the court that Rogers gave the girl a diamond engagement ring and the two were planning to leave for the Southwest, where Rogers' brother lives.
Rogers coached an independent 14-and-under traveling softball team called the Mass Executioners, according to The Standard-Times. The team was unaffiliated with any town league.
So let me get this straight... A 46 year old man, or pedophile shall I say, considered himself 'engaged' to the to the 15 year old girl, seemed unconcerned when he was arrested, and still claimed his love for the child and regardless of what society thinks. And he still wants to marry her :crazy: Because his 36 year old wife died of an asthma attack thats a reason to go victimize a teenager. WTF :shock:. What a trade in, a 36 year old for a 15 year old? What a society we live in... :roll: