38-year old Dale County man convicted of sexually assaulting 10 year old girl girl

Clarence Vontese Rodgers (Source: Montgomery County Detention Facility)
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OZARK, Ala. (WTVY) -- A Midland City man has been convicted of Rape and Sodomy charges related to the molestation of a 10-year-old girl.

Clarence Rodgers, 38, was found guilty Wednesday after a three-day trial that included just 10 minutes of jury deliberation.

Rodgers lived in the same neighborhood as the victim, according to Dale County District Attorney Kirke Adams.

During this week's trial, the victim and her family took the stand as did investigators to describe what happened in June 2018.

“I would like to thank all the different agencies involved and commend them for their hard work.  It takes a team to put a case like this together and through a trial.  I am ecstatic that we, as a team, were able to obtain justice for this young lady.  Dale County is a safer place now,” Adams told WTVY.

Sentencing will happen on Dec. 16. Rodgers faces between 20 years and life in prison, and because of the child’s age, he is not eligible for probation or early parole.

A check of Rodgers’ background shows that, in addition to this conviction, he’s also facing an indictment in Montgomery County for rape of another child in an unrelated case. A trial is currently scheduled to begin on Feb. 24, 2020, in that case.

[WSFA contributed to this story]

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