Scott Rogers' double life exposed
ST. GABRIEL - Recently released case files show the magnitude of the double life local celebrity Scott Rogers was living.
The WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit obtained dozens of crime scene and autopsy pictures, hours of recorded interviews with people who knew Rogers and packets of notes written by detectives of the Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office who investigated Rogers' death in August.
Rogers was killed by Mathew Hodgkinson in a murder-suicide inside the home he shared with Rogers and a third man, identified as Stuart. The three men lived in Iberville Parish, off Daisy Avenue outside St. Gabriel, with two foster children. Hodgkinson and Stuart had a sexual relationship with Rogers that has been described as forced since a young age. Hodgkinson was also married to Rogers' daughter, a marriage law enforcement officers said was a sham.
"I met him when I was 12; by the time I was 13, he was engaging in sexual abuse with me," Stuart told detectives shortly after Rogers was found dead in his bed. Hodgkinson was barely alive on the floor next to Rogers and died a few days later at an area hospital.
Rogers met Hodgkinson and Stuart in England where he ran a performing arts academy and was accused of sexual offenses against boys.
"There were at least three other kids that I know of because that sexual abuse was group in nature at times," Stuart said in the interview recordings. "That was all near the performing arts school and that sexual abuse lasted all the way until I turned 18," he said.
Around 2000, Rogers married a woman from Dallas, moved to the United States and became a citizen. Eventually, Rogers moved to Baton Rouge without the woman but took a following of children. Stuart told investigators he, Hodgkinson, a third boy and two girls came to Louisiana with Rogers. Stuart said the third male was sent back to England after Rogers found him having sex with a neighbor.
While it is unclear what happened to the girls, they never knew about the abuse, Stuart said.
"We are not living a normal life," Stuart said, "We do not go where we want. It's never been that way where we have significant funds to pursue anything out of the norm."
Stuart said they were required to work at Rogers' production company and help produce his TV show, "Around Town."
Stuart told deputies, Rogers life began to come crashing down when he learned he was the target of a grand jury dealing with an inquiry into Rogers doctoring adoption papers to get custody of the foster children in his care.
"He was afraid of being found," Stuart said.
Rogers also began to worry about his past, and did not allow Stuart or Hodgkinson to use his given-name from England, Richard Scott Rogers.
Stuart said Rogers planned the murder-suicide and even tried to enlist his help. When Stuart refused to kill Rogers then himself, Rogers persuaded Hodgkinson to pull the trigger.
Detectives interviewed two other people, women who knew Rogers. They did not know about the alleged abuse.
Stuart told deputies he wanted to leave for years, but did not have the means or a strong enough will to get away from Rogers.
The WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit has followed the case closely since Rogers was found dead. Follow these links to previous stories:
Timeline of August murder-suicide and investigation
Sexual relationship between Rogers, Hodgkinson
Sheriff: Slain TV personality's life was a ruse
Attorney: murdered TV personality worried about past
Murdered TV personality under federal investigation