- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 24, 2017

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - A 65-year-old Ohio man who fled to Thailand after he was accused of sexually abusing an 8-year-old boy in Minot has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

The Daily News reports that Judge Stacy Louser rejected a joint sentencing recommendation that would have called for Mark Rogers to serve three years in prison. Louser said she couldn’t accept that recommendation “in the interests of justice.”

Rogers, of Elyria, Ohio, had to be extradited to the United States from Thailand after he was charged in 2014. He pleaded guilty in March to gross sexual imposition.

Authorities say one of Rogers‘ neighbors asked him to babysit the boy a few days a week. Rogers was allegedly naked in the boy’s presence and tried to get the 8-year-old to sleep with him.

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Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com

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