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Sequoyah Co. man convicted for rape of elderly woman, jurors recommend life sentence

A Sequoyah County man was convicted for the rape and sexual battery of an 89-year-old Alzheimer’s patient.

According to a press release from District 27 District Attorney Jack Thorp, the family of the victim had installed cameras in her residence to monitor her safety after she had fallen. The camera footage captured “disturbing” images of Darrell Rogers


The victim’s family contacted Sallisaw Police and reported the sexual abuse. Detectives arrested Rogers in July 2023 and he admitted to multiple sexual acts with the victim.

Rogers was charged with sexual battery, sodomy, and first-degree rape. Jurors found Rogers guilty of each count and recommended he serve a life sentence.

“I am thankful to the jury for their commitment to justice,” Thorp said. “The facts of this case were disturbing, but the jurors did their duty and reached a just decision based on the evidence presented at the trial.”

Associate District Judge Kyle Waters presided over the trial and Assistant District Attorney Janet Hutson prosecuted the case.

“It was an honor to work with such a diligent jury in Sequoyah County, who brought justice to the family of [the victim],” Hutson said.

Rogers is slated to appear in court for formal sentencing.



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