Area man charged with sexual abuse of a minor, indecent exposure

Joseph Rogers, a Soldotna businessman recently charged with sexual abuse of a minor and indecent exposure, will likely be represented by the private law firm Walton, Theiler & Winegarden.

William Walton appeared Friday at Rogers' representation hearing in Kenai district court.

"He's in the process of trying to retain us," Walton told Magistrate Matthew Christian. "We represent him on another matter and we've been helping him try to get things in line for bail, but we haven't formally entered an entry of appearance."

The representation hearing was continued to Tuesday, July 5, when Rogers is also scheduled for a preliminary hearing.

Authorities arrested Rogers, 47, at his place of work on June 24 for allegedly abusing a 13-year-old girl over a period of four months in 2005 and 2006. He faces charges of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor and first-degree indecent exposure, class B and C felonies, respectively.

Rogers worked at Southcentral Title Agency in Soldotna, a branch of Pacific Northwest Title. Rogers is listed as the president of Southcentral Title Agency on the Pacific Northwest Title website.

Pacific Northwest Title CEO Mike Holt would not comment on Rogers' current status with the company.

Soldotna police served search warrants on both Rogers' place of work and at his home on June 24. Sgt. Duane Kant said police "did remove some items from the house," though their evidentiary value is not yet known.

According to an affidavit submitted by Sgt. Stace Escott, a school counselor brought the matter to the attention of the authorities. The victim's parent had knowledge of the abuse, but did not report it because Rogers "was a prominent business man in Soldotna involved in many public organizations" and threatened to ruin the parent's livelihood, according to the affidavit. 

Rogers was head of the Soldotna Rotary Club's administration committee this past fiscal year, according to last year's president Allen Auxier. Auxier said, as far as he knows, Rogers is still a member of the Soldotna Rotary Club.

The affidavit indicates that police obtained recorded contacts between the victim's parent and Rogers, where Rogers can be heard admitting to the abuse. It also states that Rogers can be heard saying, "The felony is a felony and will be a sexual misconduct at the very least."

Rogers is currently being held without bail at Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

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