Two men accuse Scott Rogers of sexual abuse

Two alleged victims say Scott Rogers sexually abused them
Scott Rogers' murder (Source: WAFB)
Scott Rogers' murder (Source: WAFB)

ST. GABRIEL, LA (WAFB) - Just one day after Around Town talk show host Scott Rogers died, two alleged victims came forward saying Rogers abused both of them when they were young boys.

Both spoke out anonymously for the first time on the Jim Engster Radio Show Thursday morning.

One of the victims, who is now in his 30s, said he met Rogers at his dance school in England when he was 12 years old. He told Engster he was intimately involved with Rogers.

"This began when I was 13 and increased in frequentcy all the way until I was 18 and then continued through last week," said the caller."On some level, I think he raised me from when I was 12 or 13 years old and I think that on some level gets in you."

The caller said he followed Rogers to the U.S. when he moved and lived with him at his home in St. Gabriel until last week. When asked why he continued to follow him despite his allegations of sexual abuse, the caller said "It's all I've known for 23 years."

He said after a conversation with Rogers last week, he finally called authorities because he was worried about his own life.

"He looked at me and said, 'You know what I really want? I want you and me to go upstairs and lay next to each other and just shoot ourselves in the heart'" the caller told Engster.

The alleged victim spoke out about Mathew Hodgkins. Deputies said Hodgkins shot and killed Rogers before turning the gun on himself. An autopsy revealed Thursday that Rogers died of a single gunshot wound to the head. Hodgkins remained on a ventilator clinging to life after officials said he tried shooting himself in the head, but survived. The caller said Rogers also sexually abused Hodgkins when they were in England. Despite Hodgkins being married to Rogers' biological daughter, Hodgkins lived at Rogers home with him, but a source said Hodgkins' wife did not live at the St. Gabriel home with them. The caller added he felt bad for Hodgkins.

"He was subject to the same 23 years of sexual abuse, emotional abuse and manipulation like down to your core, right down to your understanding of what love is, what sex is, everything," said the caller.

Another alleged victim said Rogers fostered him in England when Rogers was still married to his wife. The man said he was only 11 years old at that time.

"He is a master manipulator," said the caller. "He is the worst predatory pedophile that you can imagine and when you're a child and you're faced with that type of monster with that intelligent mind, you don't stand a chance."

He said the last time he spoke to Rogers was about 16 years ago. He added when the alleged sexual abuse started, he did not know what to do.

"At first, it was terrifying and I didn't know how to speak up about it. You have to understand that when you're conditioned in this way from the age of 11, I was systematically beaten if I didn't comply with what was required of me. I was trapped under the roof with this man," said the caller. "You were conditioned and brainwashed and forced from such an early age that it was very, very, extremely, if not impossible, to escape from his clutches. If you refused his advances, if you refused his sexual abuse, then the sexual abuse became very violent. He was a monster that I felt was trying to destroy me. I often, often, often feared for my life. There were often situations where I was strangled into unconsciousness."

Rogers' legal troubles go back to the 1990s in England where he was accused of molesting a 13-year-old child. That child however later testified that he lied so that specific charge was dropped. But with Rogers' other charges, the jury could not come up with a verdict and instead the trial ended with a hung jury. After that, both alleged victims said Rogers moved to the U.S., changed his name, and falsified government documents in order to become a citizen. It's why a federal grand jury hearing was underway Wednesday at the same time Rogers was found dead inside his own home.

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