Man Sentenced to 40 Years in Prison for Raping Woman in Rockville
Woman was walking along Md. 355 last year when she was attacked
Montgomery County Police
A Rockville man who police said attacked a woman in Rockville last year and raped her in the woods off Md, 355 was sentenced to 40 years in prison Friday.
Dustin Thomas Rogers, 26, was arrested in October 2018. Police said that the day before, he followed a woman who was walking along the sidewalk of Md. 355 near West Gude Drive just before midnight. Police say Rogers attacked the woman and forced her into the woods, where he raped her.
According to police, the victim fought Rogers during the rape and eventually broke free, fleeing to a nearby office building, where she asked a security guard for help. Security then called the police.
Rogers was found guilty in July of first-degree rape and third-degree sex offense.
During Friday’s hearing, Judge Richard Jordan sentenced Rogers to 60 years in prison for the rape conviction, with 20 years suspended.
Rogers received a seven-year sentence for the third-degree sex offense charge, to run concurrently. He also was ordered to be on probation for five years following his release from prison and must pay $5,000 in restitution.
In explaining the sentence, Jordan said that the victim had the victim not fought off Rogers the attack would have been worse.
“She spared you a lot of time in prison,” he said.
Assistant State’s Attorney Rebecca MacVittie said that at one point during the struggle between Rogers and the woman, she pretended to be dead in order to escape. Her fight, she said, prevented Rogers from “doing everything he wanted to do.”
But the experience, she said, was still jarring to the victim, MacVittie said. In reading from the woman’s victim impact statement, MacVittie said that for eight months after the incident, the victim could not speak without her voice cracking
“That night has changed the victim’s life forever,” MacVittie said.
MacVittie said Rogers has “taken away her [the victim’s] ability to trust that she can feel safe,” and that incarceration is “necessary to protect this victim and future victims.”
Rogers, in reading from a prepared statement , said he had been abused during his childhood, although that didn’t excuse his behavior.
Defense attorney Brian Shefferman said Rogers has struggled with previous criminal convictions, drug abuse and bad behavior while incarcerated. He said he hoped Rogers would get a chance to improve himself once he got out of prison.
Shefferman declined to comment following the hearing.
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