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Joy-riding sex offender gives girls drugs after meeting them at O'Fallon, Mo., park, charges say

Joy-riding sex offender gives girls drugs after meeting them at O'Fallon, Mo., park, charges say

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ST. CHARLES COUNTY — A sex offender from Warren County is accused of picking up two underage girls from a park in O’Fallon, Missouri, and giving them marijuana while joy-riding around town in his Jeep Wrangler.

Todd M. Rogers, 40, of the 23400 block of Buck Rub Trail near Warrenton, was charged Thursday in St. Charles County Circuit Court with being a sex offender loitering within 500 feet of a playground and two counts of supplying drugs to minors.

Todd M. Rogers

Todd M. Rogers, a sex offender from Warren County, was charged in June 2021 with loitering near a park and supplying drugs to underage girls.

On May 22, Rogers met two cousins, 14 and 15, at Westhoff Park in O’Fallon after responding on Snapchat to a girl wanting to “hang out,” charges say. Together, they rode around St. Charles County for about an hour while smoking marijuana and stopping at several gas stations.

One of the girls reported to a teacher May 28 that she and a cousin got high with Rogers after meeting him via Snapchat, charges say. Rogers has a daughter who attends the same school as one of the cousins.

Police obtained surveillance video from a QuikTrip that showed the girls sitting in Rogers’ Jeep as he went inside to buy something, charges say. Rogers’ license plate was recorded twice near Main and Cordes streets, corroborating the girls’ timeline of their ride with Rogers.

Rogers admitted driving from Warren County to O’Fallon to pick up the girls, giving them marijuana and letting one of them drive his Jeep, charges say. He said “he did not feel he was loitering in the park and returned the females to the park once he knew they were underage,” charging documents said.

Rogers’ criminal history includes a 2013 conviction for statutory sodomy involving a 16-year-old girl in Warren County. Court documents say he served a four-year prison term and was released from probation last year.

A judge set Rogers’ bail at $25,000 cash-only. Rogers’ lawyer declined comment.

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