Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Senior Pastor arrested for indecent exposure towards women

The former senior pastor at Jarrettown United Methodist Church in Dresher has been arrested on charges he allegedly exposed himself to two women within the church building.

Richard Rogers Jr., 46, whose address is listed as the church parsonage at 1458 N. Limekiln Pike, Dresher, was arrested Tuesday and charged with indecent exposure, open lewdness, disorderly conduct and harassment, according to the criminal complaint filed by Upper Dublin police Det. Michael Gommer.

Rogers allegedly exposed himself to two female employees of the Dresher School of Music, which rents space in the church building, located at 1460 N. Limekiln Pike, Dresher.

The two employees reported the incidents to Upper Dublin police July 27, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

One woman reported in February, while working at the Dresher School of Music, she decided to go to the Friendship Center, which is located in the church, to heat up her coffee, according to the affidavit. As she returned to her office, she saw Rogers standing in a doorway wearing a shirt but "completely naked from the waist down," she said. The woman reported Rogers was "posing" and "facing the hallway."

The woman was able to immediately identify Rogers from a photographic line-up created by Upper Dublin police, according to the affidavit.

A second female employee of the Dresher School of Music reported that at approximately 2:15 p.m. May 18, she left her office to get a drink of water, according to the affidavit. On her return, she said she saw Rogers "standing in the doorway of the men's room ... totally naked from the waist down, with his pants around his ankles, posing with his legs apart."

The second woman also identified Rogers in a photographic line-up, according to the affidavit.

"We investigated the allegations, found there to be enough evidence to go forward with criminal charges and we'll go through with those criminal charges," said Assistant District Attorney Samantha Cauffman, who is prosecuting the case.

Rogers is no longer listed among the church's staff on its website. The site had previously listed him as being “on temporary leave.”

Rogers was arraigned before District Justice Patricia Zaffarano in Ambler yesterday, and bail was set at $10,000 unsecured, according to court documents.

"A bail condition is that he's not to go on Jarretown UMC property," Cauffman said.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 17 at noon.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What does Christianity have to do with the behavior of this mentally disturbed individual? Would you say the same about all the public schools in the US? A whole lot of this going on there.