Sirens & Gavels

Ex-social worker pleads guilty to child porn

A man who once licensed foster care homes for the state pleaded guilty Friday to two federal counts of distribution of child pornography.

Darrell J. Rogers, who was 51 when he was arrested in April, was indicted following a search of his home in the 7100 block of North Westgate Place in the Indian Trail neighborhood of Spokane.

Rogers admitted using Internet file sharing programs to obtain the pornography, including images of children as young as months old, and denied that he ever inappropriately touched children.

His attorney Matthew Campbell and Assistant U.S. Attorney Earl Hicks agreed on a sentencing recommendation of five years in federal prison.

U.S. District Court Judge Justin Quackenbush set the sentencing for Nov. 13 at 10 a.m.

Hicks said the material federal agents downloaded from Rogers is some of the worst he's encountered in his 36 years of practicing law.




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