A man who taught music lessons in Arlington for 25 years has been arrested and charged with continual sex abuse of a child. 66-year-old Charles Reid Rogers Jr. was arrested on February 13 and Arlington Police publicized the case in April to encourage other victims to come forward.
Rogers was teaching guitar lessons at Sounds Good School of Music on the 5700 block of Forest Bend Drive at the time of the alleged abuse. According to court records, an adult customer was dropping off an instrument to be repaired and walked in on Rogers inappropriately touching a 9-year-old girl.
Rogers denied any inappropriate contact in an interview with police. He was arrested and released on $35,000 bond.
Upon publicizing the case, Arlington Police announced that they would like to speak with former students to determine if there are any other victims. Anyone with information related to this case has been asked to contact Arlington Police detective Trisha Walker at (817) 795-9992 ext. 141.
Attorney contributor Marc Lenahan represents survivors of sexual abuse and their families in civil lawsuits. Here are some thoughts from Marc on the legal options available to victims of abuse by music instructors, martial arts instructors, and other instructors at private businesses:
Activities like sports, music, and art can help our kids develop new talents and learn the value of hard work. Private lessons can help build these skills after school. But sadly, sometimes sexual predators are found in businesses like music schools and martial arts academies. These predators seek out positions that involve working with children, where they'll have the chance to commit terrible crimes.
When a private instructor sexually abuses students, it's important for the victims and their families to be aware of their legal rights. While the police will handle the criminal investigation, families in this tragic situation also may have grounds for a lawsuit against the business owner.
If you or someone you love has been sexually abused by a music instructor or another private instructor, you can learn more about your family's legal options by speaking with an experienced sex abuse survivors lawyer.