A 62-year-old Macon man was sentenced to 20 years in prison Monday after admitting that he forced a 14-year-old girl to have sex with him multiple times.
Patrick Leon Rogers pleaded guilty to statutory rape during a hearing in Bibb County Superior Court.
He initially was charged with rape after school officials discovered that the girl was pregnant. A paternity test performed after the girl gave birth showed that Rogers had fathered the baby, prosecutor Nancy Scott Malcor said.
Because of Rogers’ prior criminal record -- convictions for possession of cocaine, theft by receiving stolen property, forgery and burglary -- he won’t be eligible for parole.
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Malcor said the girl told authorities Rogers crept into her room on multiple occasions between August 2010 and January 2013 and forced her to have sex.
At times, she pretended to be asleep, Malcor said. Sometimes, the girl tried to kick Rogers off her.
On one occasion, when he was caught in the girl’s room, Rogers pretended that he was looking for a cell phone.
Rogers’ lawyer, Rick Waller, said his client cooperated with the investigation and disclosed his conduct when he was confronted.
Before announcing his sentence, Judge Howard Simms asked Rogers if he’d ever been to prison.
Rogers replied that he’d served a total 15 years. His most recent release was in 2009.
“This one might see you out,” Simms said.
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