Ex-teacher in afterschool program pleads not guilty to possession of child porn

Posted June 19, 2012, at 11:39 a.m.
Last modified June 20, 2012, at 10:57 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Fort Fairfield man who worked with an Aroostook County afterschool program pleaded not guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court to possession of child pornography.

Jake B. Rogeski, 24, was indicted last week by a federal grand jury.

He was released Tuesday on $5,000 unsecured bond.

A trial was tentatively set for Aug. 7 but most likely would not be held until late this year or early next year.

Rogeski was charged in September 2011 in Aroostook County with possession of sexually explicit material and has requested a trial on the state charge.

Sgt. Glenn Lang of the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit said at the time of Rogeski’s arrest that his unit spent several days in The County investigating a tip that ultimately led to a search of Rogeski’s residence.

Lang said investigators discovered a number of images, including 15 video clips, in Rogeski’s possession, according to a previously published report. Lang said the children in the images appear to be between 5 and 7 years old. Police do not believe that any of the victims are from the local community.

Rogeski was employed by SAD 20 to assist with its 21st Century After School program but resigned after the investigation began, according to a previous report. Students in the program receive help with their homework, are given healthful snacks and participate in other programs to help them excel academically and socially.

Rogeski had worked in the program for three or four years with children in grades three to six, district officials have said.

Under federal law, Rogeski faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Under state law, he faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

A conviction in either court would require him to register as a sex offender.

The federal indictment calls for Rogeski to forfeit his laptop and hard drive on which the child pornography allegedly was found.

His bail conditions on the federal charge are nearly identical to those on the state charge. Rogeski may not have unsupervised contact with minors, use a computer unless it is connected to a monitoring device, must seek mental health counseling and must not commit new crimes. Under his federal bail conditions, Rogeski may not possess firearms and, now that he has been indicted, must not sell his guns.

BDN reporter Jen Lynds contributed to this report.

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