Marysville teacher charged with sex crimes will go on trial next week

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A Marysville school teacher accused of sexually assaulting a student will go on trial next week.

Steve Rogers, of Marysville, appeared in court via Zoom on Monday for a plea hearing for the two criminal cases he is currently facing. St. Clair County Senior Assistant District Attorney Megan Leyva Kelley said the case involving a fourth-degree (student) criminal sexual conduct charge will go to trial on May 24.

Rogers is accused of groping a student in the locker room in May or June of last year.

If convicted, criminal sexual behavior in the fourth degree carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison or a $500 fine.

Rogers is also charged with two counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct, third degree criminal sexual conduct, distribution of sexually explicit material and criminal sexual assault with intent to penetrate.

Leyva Kelley said dates for those charges, which will be split into two trials for the two victims, will be determined after the trial of the first case.

Rogers is accused of sexually assaulting an adult woman twice in the fall of 2018 and the spring of 2019. He is also accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting an underage victim and exposing her to inappropriate sexual behavior .

If convicted, Rogers faces the maximum sentence in the case of life in prison.

Marysville School District Attorney Gary Fletcher said as a tenured teacher, Rogers’ employment and salary cannot be legally terminated until after a tenure hearing. The district is honoring the request of the St. Clair County Attorney’s Office to defer its review during all criminal proceedings.

Contact Laura Fitzgerald at (810) 941-7072 or [email protected]

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