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Son of Raleigh daycare owners charged with child sex offense

Posted May 11

— A 20-year-old man has been charged with sex crimes after police say he raped a child at a daycare facility on South Swain Street in Raleigh.

Bruce Edward Rogers, of 3120 Rocky Brook Crossing, is charged with statutory rape of a child by an adult and two counts of felony indecent liberties with a child.

According to investigators, the assaults happened between January and April 2017 at Building Blocks Child Development Center, a facility owned and operated by Rogers' parents.

The victim attended the daycare as part of an afterschool program, and her mother said she told adults about the alleged assaults because she feared other children may be targeted.

Rogers was previously charged with first-, second- and third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. He pleaded to lesser charges and was sentenced to probation.

DHHS officials said Thursday that they suspended the facility's license on April 10 once they learned the suspect in this case had previous child sex charges. They said it was necessary to ensure the safety of the children.

Rogers was being held Thursday in the Wake County jail on a $550,000 bond. He made his first court appearance on Thursday.

"He confessed to these offenses and the child in question was 12 years of age," Wake County Assistant District Attorney Melanie Shekita said.

The daycare, which is associated with Mount Sinai Holy Church of America, at 301 S. Swain St., is currently shut down pending a state investigation of the incident.


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  • Janet Ghumri May 11, 4:24 p.m.
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    This is pure predatory behaviour on his part. To be previously arrested, and sentenced (if you can call that little slap on the wrist a sentence), and then to be repeatedly doing the same thing, and worse, looks like he cannot be in a situation where children are present at all. He needs to be removed from society, and his parents need to go away with him. Predators shouldn't ever be given a second chance. He has given his victims a lifetime of fear, depression, mistrust, hatred, sorrow and who knows what else? His punishment should run at least as long as the suffering of those poor children. Makes me sick

  • Betsy Sparks May 11, 3:24 p.m.
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    Multiple assaults over several months by a previous offender. His parents need to be charged as well. How could they let him anywhere near children knowing about the lesser charges?

  • Edward Anderson May 11, 2:43 p.m.
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    That's exactly what I was thinking....how could his parents allow this unless they were *shudder to think about it* taking part in his offenses for whatever reason?

  • Brian Gaertner May 11, 1:46 p.m.
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    Tell him what he's won, Johnny!!

    "You've won an all expenses paid 30 year vacation. 3 meals a day, cable tv, internet access, an exercise yard. Don't forget your soap-on-a- rope!!"

  • Jewel Lee May 11, 1:43 p.m.
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    If his parents are the daycare owners, then surely they were well aware of these horrific acts in his past, yet THEY put these children before him like bait, Seems to me that the previous judge as well as his parents/the daycare owners, need to be behind bars for endangering all of these children... As for him, drag him to the highest bridge then toss him over.

  • Brian Gaertner May 11, 1:23 p.m.
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    You'd think his parents, the owners of the daycare, would have done a better job of keeping this creep away from their business.

  • Jewel Lee May 11, 1:07 p.m.
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    Rogers was previously charged with first-, second- and third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. He pleaded to lesser charges and was sentenced to probation..... And he wasnt registered as a sex offender and banned from places where children go? The judge who made that possible needs to share a cell with this low life skunk.

  • Bobby Caudle May 11, 1:05 p.m.
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    I hear they like his kind in prison

  • Mary Jones May 11, 12:58 p.m.
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    I guess I'm naive, but with his previous charges, why would he ever be aloud to be near children?

  • Brian Gaertner May 11, 12:30 p.m.
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    I am shocked to be the first to comment on this story. Then again, I don't see anything in the story about puppies, kittens, or cute little bunnies.