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Man accused of giving runaway teen meth, marijuana, alcohol and sex

Joshua Rogers is facing child pornography charges. Authorities say he gave drugs and alcohol to a runaway teen, and recorded their sexual activity. (Martin County Sheriff's Office)

A man from Stuart is accused of giving a 16-year-old runaway meth, marijuana and alcohol, and recording their sexual activity.

The investigation began in September when the girl's parents filed a missing persons report with the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office. The parents believed she ran away from home.

Authorities developed leads indicating the girl may have been company of Joshua Rogers of Stuart.

Investigators spotted Rogers and the girl at a Dunkin Donuts in Stuart on Sept. 27. They arrested him.

The girl told investigators she met Rogers online through Kik. Rogers, according to the girl, said she could live with him. They lived together for about a month. She said he gave her food and clothing.

According to the federal criminal complaint, Rogers began to offer the girl alcohol and marijuana. She said he showed her how to smoke methamphetamine with a glass pipe. The two then engaged in sex. The girl said Rogers used his cell phone to record the sexual activity on "numerous occasions."

Investigators said Rogers posted an ad on Craigslist and used sexually explicit images of the girl to solicit sex from others.

During a search of the home, investigators found evidence suggesting Rogers shared some of the sexually explicit images and videos with others via text and the Kik app, violating federal child pornography laws.


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