Suspect Arrested For Sex Abuse On The Light Rail
August 25, 2010
August 24, 2010 at 9:50 p.m., Mesa Police officers responded to
the Sycamore station of the Metro Light Rail for a report of
Sexual Abuse. When they arrived, Light Rail officials had
detained the suspect, Theo Rogers, Jr., 40, for fondling a
sleeping passenger on the train.
Employees reported that Rogers (seen in photo at right),
along with other passengers, was on the train when it arrived at
the Sycamore station. Rogers exited the train, but then
re-boarded and sat in front of another male passenger who had
fallen asleep. The employees continued their work outside the
train and thought Rogers was acting odd, as they viewed him
through the window. At first, they suspected that Rogers might
try to steal something from the sleeping victim. However, they
were soon shocked when they saw Rogers reach over the seat and
start fondling the groin of the victim. Rogers reached over the
seat sever times, touching the victim. He would occasionally
look around to see if anyone was watching and then continue the
activity. At one point, the employees banged on the window to
try and get his attention and get him to stop. He did not seem
to hear the banging and continued fondling the victim.
The employees contacted Rail security and Rogers was detained
until Mesa officers arrived. When interviewed about the
incident, Rogers was not cooperative and requested an attorney.
Rogers was booked for one count of Sexual Abuse, 13-1404A, a
class 5 felony.