July 2016

Former lead singer in Bradford punk metal band jailed for seven years for sexual offences

Scott Rogers

The former lead singer in a Bradford punk metal band has been jailed for seven years for sexual offences including rape, voyeurism and hoarding indecent images of children.

Scott Rogers, 45, who performed at bars and clubs in the city with The Black Lanterns, filmed his perverted abuse of a woman and two girls, aged ten and 12.

During his trial at Bradford Crown Court, the jury saw mobile phone footage of him raping a woman while she was deeply asleep.

The graphic film, taken by Rogers as he abused her, was played on screens in the courtroom as part of the prosecution case.

Today, he was unanimously found guilty of the rape and sentenced to six years imprisonment.

He was also jailed for 12 months, to run consecutively, for taking two indecent photos of a sleeping ten-year-old girl and filming another child, aged 12, with a hidden camera while she took a shower.

He pleaded guilty to those offences before the start of the trial and to possession of indecent images of young girls and a bestiality film of men and women having sex with farm animals.

Judge Robert Bartfield made a Sexual Harm Prevention Order without limit of time banning Rogers from contacting his victims and limiting his use of computers.

He must sign on the sex offenders’ register for an indefinite period.

Rogers, a former sales rep, who lived at Bay View Avenue, Hornsea, Humberside, got pleasure from having sex with someone asleep or unconscious, Judge Bartfield said.

His victim found the film of him raping her months later and was extremely distressed.

The photos and film of the young girls were discovered on his phone.

Photographing and filming the children were “disgraceful” acts to indulge his sexual fantasies, Judge Bartfield said.

Rogers, who previously worked in Bradford for a communications company, performed at the Download Festival 2013 at Castle Donington with The Black Lanterns.

The group built up an underground following after forming in 2010. They played at the Bradford Gasworks and described their music as “venomous.”