A 67-year-old man accused of fondling a 13-year-old girl on Folly Beach apparently went home to his condominium pool and groped a neighbor that same morning, the woman told police.
Folly Beach police arrested Fred Alexander Rogers III Friday on a warrant for second-degree assault and battery in connection with the second incident. He was released from the Charleston County jail Saturday night on $5,000 bond.
Police first arrested Rogers on June 23 at the Turn of River community pool. A girl’s family had told public safety officers that an older man, a stranger, sat on her at the beach and then rubbed her legs and genitals shortly before 9:30 a.m.
When police arrived to pick up Rogers at home later that day, a concerned citizen asked if they arrested him “for the event that happened earlier at the pool,” a police report said. The man described “another sexually based assault,” according to the report.
A woman later called police, after learning about Rogers’ arrest under suspicion of fondling the girl.
She told officers that she and her husband went to the condo pool between 11 a.m. and noon that day. They saw Rogers, another condo owner, and said hello, the couple reported.
As the woman completed her daily water aerobics, Rogers put his arm around her and pulled her in close, according to a police report. The woman told police she pushed Rogers away but that he put his hands inside the waistband of her bathing suit, running them back and forth.
The woman yelled at Rogers, pushed him away and moved away again, the report says.
Rogers followed her and began running his hands up the inside of her legs, the woman told police. She swam away and left the pool with her husband, the report said.
The woman told officers that she decided to press charges after learning about the alleged incident with the girl, because “she wants him to learn that his actions are not good.”
In that case, just hours earlier, the older man trapped the girl on the ground and then molested her, she told police. Her grandmother pulled her to safety, and her family told the man to leave them alone, according to a report.
They went into the water and waited for 20 minutes, but the man just stood there staring at them, police said. When a lifeguard finally told the man to leave, he began cursing loudly and yelled at the girl’s family that “he would return and do as he pleases with them,” according to a police report.
A county parks employee told public safety officers that multiple complaints had been lodged against the man, later identified as Rogers, for approaching people and making them feel uncomfortable, the report says.
Rogers left the park soon after police arrived. After learning of the alleged assault, investigators got a warrant and arrested him. Read more in Tuesday’s editions of The Post and Courier.
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