Ex-Richmond police sergeant is indicted on porn charges

A former Richmond police sergeant was indicted by a Madison County grand jury on 10 counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, the state attorney general's office said Wednesday.

James "J.J." Rogers, 36, was arrested Tuesday at his Richmond home. He was lodged in the Madison County Detention Center in lieu of a $200,000 bond, according to jail personnel.

The charges against Rogers are the result of an undercover investigation by the Cybercrimes Unit of the attorney general's office. Prosecution of the case was handled by the attorney general's Office of Special Prosecutions.

In March 2010, a Madison County jury acquitted Rogers and two other Richmond police officers on charges of intimidating or tampering with a witness.

Rogers and the two former patrol officers, Garry Murphy and Brian Hensley, later filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Lexington claiming malicious prosecution, abuse of criminal process, violation of privacy rights, defamation, conspiracy to violate civil rights and other things. The suit was filed against the commonwealth's attorney, a now-former sheriff and others.

That civil case is still pending in federal court.

Rogers is scheduled to be arraigned on the child-porn counts Jan. 12 in Madison Circuit Court.

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