Nevaeh Miller, b. 1992 (pictured), was sexually abused by her stepfather, Jason Thomas Rogers (a.k.a. Larry Lemon). Nevaeh was homeschooled.
Nevaeh, identified as E.C. in court documents, was removed from her mother’s care as a child due to abuse and neglect. She was returned to her mother at age 7 when her mother married Rogers. Rogers immediately began sexually abusing Nevaeh, often several times a week. He starved her, denied her bathroom privileges, and beat her mother and siblings if she refused to comply with the abuse. Nevaeh’s mother, who had several disabilities, knew about Nevaeh’s abuse but did nothing to stop it. In 2004, Rogers took Nevaeh to a doctor to obtain birth control. In July 2006, Rogers forced Nevaeh to bring her friend home for him to sexually abuse. Shortly afterwards, on Nevaeh’s 14th birthday, Rogers gave her a ring, proposed marriage, and sexually abused her. While Nevaeh had attended school up until this time, “in high school, Rogers began homeschooling her, letting her out of the house only to work.” Rogers often monitored Nevaeh during her shift at the grocery store. After her coworkers noticed Rogers groping and kissing Nevaeh, they notified child services, but Nevaeh was too scared to report the abuse. On Nevaeh’s 16th birthday in 2008, Rogers again threatened to marry her and sexually abused her.
The abuse came to light in 2009 when Nevaeh’s grandmother loaned her a car. Nevaeh ran away from home and Rogers reported the car stolen. When police stopped Nevaeh, they observed her fear of Rogers and threats of self-harm and sent her to a mental health facility, where she reported the abuse to a caseworker in June 2009. Rogers was arrested in August and later convicted of multiple counts of sexual abuse. Nevaeh was adopted by a former therapist.
Date: August 3, 2009
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
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