Man accused of rape, failing to register as a sex offender

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A man who allegedly failed to register as a sex offender after moving to Texarkana, Ark., in February is facing rape charges in Miller County.

Persons convicted of certain sexual offenses are required by law to notify the jurisdictions where they live and work within five days of any change of residence or employment. Jesse Aaron Rodgers is accused of failing to notify Texarkana, Ark., police when he moved Feb. 9 from Saline County, Ark., to Texarkana, Ark., according to a probable cause affidavit.

According to court records, Rodgers was convicted of second-degree sexual assault in Saline County in 2007 and has been required to register as a sex offender since.

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Rodgers’ former girlfriend made a walk-in report to Texarkana, Ark., police March 8 that she had been sexually assaulted by Rodgers while living with him and his sister and her family in a house in the 3700 block of Locust Street. The woman reported that she and Rodgers moved from Saline County to Miller County on Feb. 9.

The woman said that on Feb. 10, she was talking to Rodgers as he sat in a chair and she kneeled on the floor. She reported to investigators that Rodgers forced her to perform a sexual act on him and that he forcibly raped her.

The woman said she moved out of the house and to another city after Rodgers assaulted her again on Feb. 20 at the Locust Street residence. The woman alleges Rodgers held his fist up to her left eye and stated, “Your head looks so much smaller than my fist.”

The woman allegedly claimed Rodgers is violent and addicted to methamphetamine.

Rodgers is currently charged with two counts of rape and failure to register as a sex offender in Miller County. He is currently being held in the Miller County jail with bail set at $150,000.

Rodgers faces up to life in prison if found guilty of rape.

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