MySpace page puts teacher back in jail
Woman convicted of sex with student, 13, arrested for probation violation
McMINNVILLE, Tenn. – A former elementary school teacher who spent six months in jail for having sex with a 13-year-old student was arrested again, this time for violating probation by apparently communicating with the victim.
Last August, Rogers reached a plea deal to serve nine months on an eight-year sentence, allowing her to avoid a trial on 28 charges of sexual battery and statutory rape. She was released from jail in February for good behavior.
Under terms of the plea deal, she was, among other things, ordered not to contact the victim or his family and not to use the Internet.
Authorities said she violated probation by establishing a Web page on the online social networking hub MySpace.com. Her page featured a blog that included what authorities said was communication between Rogers and the victim’s 17-year-old sister.
Rogers is also accused of issuing a cryptic message to the victim through the MySpace page by addressing his basketball jersey number, saying he was her hero and that she would not fall in love again for three years.
The Web site also featured several pictures of Rogers in a bikini.
A screen capture from MySpace.com shows the lead photograph and I.D. on Rogers’ page, which has been removed from the site.
District Attorney General Dale Potter said he will seek to have Rogers return to prison to serve the remaining seven years of the original prison term.
"This came in such a short amount of time after she was released on probation and in our opinion these were intentional violations of the terms of her release," Potter said.
Rogers’ attorney, Peter Strianse of Nashville, told WSMV-TV he was "very concerned" that Rogers’ plea agreement was in jeopardy.