The man charged with photographing people in public restrooms and parks in both Claiborne County and Bell County, Ky., pleaded guilty Monday in Claiborne County Criminal Court.
Randall Ray Rogers, 49, of Speedwell, pleaded guilty before Judge Shayne Sexton to multiple counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, Attempted Sexual Exploitation of a Minor and Unlawful Photographing in Violation of Privacy. Sexton handed down a 20-year sentence after Rogers’ plea.
Following a joint investigation by the Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) Police Department, the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) and the Middlesboro Police Department (MPD), Rogers was charged both in Claiborne County and in Middlesboro in Sept. of last year.
He was indicted by a Bell County Grand Jury in Nov. 2012 on three counts of promoting sexual performance by a minor under 16 years of age, four counts of video voyeurism and seven counts of first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.
Rogers was apprehended in Sept. 2012 by Lt. Tom Busic of the MPD in the Middlesboro Walmart parking lot for the alleged crime, which had been under investigation for approximately a year.
According to MPD Chief Jeff Sharpe, the first camera was found in the men’s restroom of Walmart in December 2011. There were also several other incidents, which the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Department and Lincoln Memorial University Police Department investigated.
Police said Rogers was able to be identified because he captured his face on the cameras when he turned them on after placing them in the restrooms.
On Feb. 15, Rogers took a plea deal and pleaded guilty to more than a dozen charges in Bell County. The Commonwealth’s Attorney recommended a 20-year sentence. He will be sentenced in Ky. on April 15.
After entering his plea in Claiborne County on Monday, Rogers was remanded to the Kentucky Department of Corrections to serve his sentence.