June 24, 2018
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Man who worked in County afterschool program pleads guilty to possessing child pornography

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A Fort Fairfield man who worked with an Aroostook County afterschool program pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court to possession of child pornography.

Jake B. Rogeski, 24, will be held without bail pending his sentencing.

U.S. District Judge John Woodcock said Tuesday that a sentencing date would be set after U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services completes a pre-sentencing report. It is expected to take six to eight weeks to complete that report.

The investigation that led to charges being filed against Rogeski began when agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit learned in September 2011 that an Internet user with an Internet protocol address assigned to Rogeski was downloading child pornography, according to the prosecution version of events to which he pleaded guilty.

The defendant admitted to downloading child pornography and searching a peer-to-peer file-sharing program for child pornography using the terms “pedo boys” and others, according to the prosecution version of events. A search of Rogeski’s computer turned up more than 100 video files of child pornography, including pre-pubescent children. In addition, more than 400 still images of children engaged in sex acts with adults were found on his computer, according to the prosecution version of events.

Rogeski was indicted in June by a federal grand jury. Until entering his plea Tuesday, he had been free on $5,000 unsecured bond.

Originally, Rogeski was charged in September 2011 in Aroostook County with possession of sexually explicit material and requested a trial on the state charge. That case is pending in Aroostook County Superior Court in Caribou.

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.

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

BDN writer Jen Lynds contributed to this report.

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