- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) - The FBI has arrested a former eastern Iowa public safety dispatcher on charges that he posed as a teenage boy online to obtain graphic images of several minors.

Dustin Wayne Rogers, 28, of Muscatine was arrested Monday on a complaint charging him with three counts of sexual exploitation of a child. He’s scheduled to appear Wednesday in federal court in Davenport.

Rogers was fired from the Muscatine County Joint Communications Center in June after the agency learned he was under investigation, county official Nancy Schreiber said. An investigation found no evidence that Rogers used his law enforcement position or equipment to carry out the alleged offenses, she said.

An affidavit signed by an FBI agent alleges that Rogers posed as a teenage boy named “Dylan Miller” on Facebook to start conversations with teenage girls and boys and eventually obtain naked photos of them.

One 14-year-old male reported that after he sent Rogers pictures of his genitals, Rogers threatened to post them online if the boy didn’t continue sending more. Other victims included girls from Muscatine and Mason City who shared numerous explicit photographs of themselves, the affidavit said.

Officers with the Muscatine Police Department - who worked in the same building with Rogers - searched Rogers’ home May 22 after receiving a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Facebook had turned over a suspected photo of child pornography that was linked to an IP address associated with Rogers, whose attorney didn’t immediately return a message.

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