A person who, for greater than a decade, stalked actor Eva LaRue and threatened to rape and kill her and her daughter was sentenced to greater than three years in federal jail.
James David Rogers, 58, of Heath, Ohio, pleaded responsible in April to 2 counts of mailing threatening communications, one rely of threats by interstate communications and two counts of stalking, in response to a Division of Justice information launch.
He was sentenced Thursday within the U.S. District Court docket for Central California to 40 months in jail. He’ll then serve three years of probation.
“We really feel like, lastly, we all know the place he’s. We all know that for the following six years we will breathe a large sigh of aid and really feel like we’re not trying over our shoulder continually,” LaRue advised NBC Information over the cellphone on Friday.
The actor, 55, mentioned Rogers would ship letters the place he would describe intimately “how he couldn’t wait to slowly dismember my daughter in entrance of me after raping her and torturing her.”
“How he couldn’t wait to tug her entrails out in entrance of me and noticed her legs and arms off,” she mentioned. “And that he was going to do the identical to me.”
She described the horrifying letters as “subsequent degree heinous evil.”
The stalking went on from March 2007 till his arrest in November 2019. Prosecutors mentioned Rogers would name LaRue and mail letters to her house that he signed as “Freddie Krueger,” a misspelling of the fictional character within the movie sequence “A Nightmare on Elm Avenue.”
In a single disturbing handwritten letter, Rogers wrote that he was going to take “revenge” in opposition to the actor and her daughter, who was 5 when the threats started, in response to an indictment. In a second letter addressed to LaRue’s daughter, he mentioned he was going to “stalk” her and make her his “intercourse slave.” He ended the letter by threatening to kill the daughter and LaRue, the indictment says.
In a 3rd letter, in response to the indictment, Rogers wrote: “I’m having fun with stalking you. I’m going to instill worry into each a part of your life.”
Prosecutors mentioned that between March 2007 to June 2015, Rogers mailed about 37 handwritten and typed letters threatening LaRue and her daughter.
He additionally referred to as the varsity LaRue’s daughter attended about 18 instances between Oct. 23 and Nov. 11, 2019, in response to the indictment. Throughout at the very least three of the calls, he pretended to be the lady’s father and requested if she was on the college, the indictment states.
In a single voicemail left on the college, Rogers recognized himself as Freddy Krueger and mentioned he was going to “rape her, molest her, and kill her.”
Prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memorandum that LaRue and her daughter moved quite a few instances due to Rogers’ stalking.
“They drove circuitous routes house, slept with weapons close by and had discussions about easy methods to search assist shortly if [Rogers] discovered them and tried to hurt them,” prosecutors mentioned.
“They tried to anonymize their addresses as a lot as potential by avoiding receiving mail and packages at their precise deal with. To no avail. Every time they moved, [Rogers’] letters — and the victims’ terror — would at all times comply with. And [Rogers] knew it.”
Authorities arrested Rogers, who labored as a nurse’s assistant at an assisted dwelling facility, in 2019. Former FBI particular agent Stephen Busch and former FBI lawyer Steve Kramer tracked down Rogers’ id by importing his DNA to a genetic family tree database.
Kramer and Busch had used the identical technique to assist them resolve the Golden State Killer case.
LaRue mentioned she and her daughter have needed to search remedy due to the stalking and threats. Throughout Rogers’ sentencing, she mentioned she forgives him however will always remember what he put her household by way of.
“There’s no manner I may erase that type of anxiousness. It’s emblazoned on my soul and my daughter’s soul,” she mentioned.
An lawyer for Rogers couldn’t instantly be reached on Friday.
LaRue, 55, is greatest recognized for her roles in “All My Youngsters” and “CSI: Miami.” She’s additionally appeared in quite a few different tv sequence and flicks together with “The Younger and the Stressed,” “Fuller Home,” and “Lakeview Terrace.”