SWAT Team Sent to Arrest ‘Sex Offender’ Visiting Friend on Christmas

Posted on December 31, 2011

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A 27-year-old Florida man who was convicted of “Unlawful Sexual Activity with Certain Minors 16/17 yr old” in 2010, violated his probation by not having permission to visit friends in Alabama for Christmas and was arrested.

On Tuesday, Dec. 27, Drug Task Force Agents found Christopher Rodgers  in the attic of his friend’s home after local police in DeKalb County, Ala. were alerted that he was in the area. According to WDEF News, Rodgers’ holiday trip made with his wife resulted in two warrants being issued for his arrest, including “violating the conditions of his community control” and “Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registration laws.”

It is not clear why Drug Task Force Agents (which exists to go after high-level drug traffickers, according to the DEA) were sent to arrest a man who was once found guilty of having sex with a 16 or 17-year-old and did not have a warrant for any drug charges, but it is safe to assume that Mr. and Mrs. Rodgers won’t be visiting friends in Alabama next Christmas.

Rodgers was convicted of a 2nd degree felony under Florida law – F.S. 794.05 – which is defined as “A person 24 years of age or older who engages in sexual activity with a person 16 or 17 years.” Under Florida law, the cut-off age to have sex with a 16 or 17-year-old is 23; 24 or above is considered statutory rape.

Rodgers was 26 at the time of his conviction.

According to the Gadsden Times, Rodgers is being held in DeKalb County while awaiting extradition back to Florida.

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