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Brett Rogers takes plea deal in connection to sexual misconduct cases

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The former Strikeforce heavyweight title challenger avoids jail after agreeing to a plea deal.

In January Brett Rogers, a veteran of Strikeforce, Bellator, and Elite XC, was charged with multiple counts of sexual misconduct in St. Paul, MN. The onetime Strikeforce heavyweight belt contender had been arrested on suspicion of groping three men in separate incidents across the city between November 2016 and January 2017.

The first of these incidents occurred in the basement of George Latimer Central Library, where Rogers is accused of inappropriately touching a library employee while riding beside him in an elevator. The second incident took place in a bathroom on the St. Paul skyway transit system. According to officials Rogers had asked a man at an adjacent urinal if he wanted to have sex inside one of the stalls. Rogers allegedly grabbed the man by the buttocks after he refused. The final incident happened in Ramsey County Jail, after Rogers was booked in connection to the earlier offenses. In jail Rogers allegedly fondled his cellmate, who was sleeping.

On May 30th Pioneer Press reported that Rogers had agreed to a plea deal with authorities in Ramsey County. The 36-year-old entered Alford pleas to two charges of fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct and a third charge of interfering with someone’s privacy. An Alford plea is when a defendant does not enter an admission of guilt. According to Rogers’ defense attorney, the former fighter, “plead in order to take advantage of the offer from the state.”

Rogers’ deal with the state means he will not serve any additional jail time for the crimes so long as he adheres to the conditions of his probation and he undergoes a psychosexual evaluation.

According to a psychosexual court evaluation, “focuses on an individual’s sexual development, sexual history, paraphilic interests, sexual adjustments and recidivism risk level.” Such evaluations can be used to determine whether an individual is enough of a risk to the public that state intervention is required. Intervention tactics might include registering a person as a “sex offender” or confining them to a medical care facility.

Rogers’ MMA career lasted a decade, beginning in 2005. His most notable performances came in the heyday of Strikeforce. In 2009, at Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields he knocked out current UFC fighter Andrei Arlovski in just 22-seconds. This advanced Da Grimm’s pro-record to 10-0. A few months after this he fought Fedor Emelianenko (at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers). Rogers lost to The Last Emperor by TKO in the second round.

After his first pro loss, Rogers won 7 out of the remaining 18 fights in his career. During that run he lost to Alistair Overeem, Alexander Volkov, and Josh Barnett. In 2011 Rogers was released from Strikeforce after allegedly assaulting his wife.

According to Pioneer Press Rogers is currently homeless.

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