A man who, for more than a decade, stalked actress Eva LaRue and threatened to rape and kill her and her daughter has been sentenced to more than three years in federal prison.
James David Rogers, 58, of Heath, Ohio, pleaded guilty in April to two counts of threatening mail, one count of threatening by interstate communications and two counts of stalking, according to a Justice Department news release.
He was sentenced Thursday by the U.S. District Court for Central California to 40 months in prison. He will then serve three years of probation.
“We feel like we finally know where he is. We know that for the next six years we’re going to be able to breathe a huge sigh of relief and feel like we’re not constantly looking over our shoulder,” LaRue told NBC News by phone Friday.
Rogers’ attorney could not immediately be reached Friday.
LaRue, 55, is best known for her roles on “All My Children” and “CSI: Miami.” He has also appeared in several other TV series and movies, including “The Young and the Restless,” “Fuller House,” and “Lakeview Terrace.”
The actor said Rogers would send letters detailing “how he couldn’t wait to slowly dismember my daughter in front of me after raping and torturing her.”
“How he couldn’t wait to disembowel her in front of me and saw her arms and legs off,” he said. “And that he would do the same to me.”
He described the gruesome letters as “next level despicable evil”.
The stalking continued from March 2007 until his arrest in November 2019. Prosecutors said Rogers would call LaRue and mail letters to her home that he signed as “Freddie Krueger,” a misspelling of the fictional character in the film series “A Nightmare on Elm Street.”
In a disturbing handwritten letter, Rogers wrote that she was going to get “revenge” against the actor and her daughter, who was 5 when the threats began, according to an indictment. In a second letter addressed to LaRue’s daughter, he said he was going to “stalk” her and make her a “sex slave.” He ended the letter by threatening to kill the daughter and LaRue, the indictment states.
In a third letter, according to the indictment, Rogers wrote: “I enjoy stalking you. I will instill fear in every part of your life.”
Prosecutors said that between March 2007 and June 2015, Rogers mailed approximately 37 handwritten and typed letters threatening LaRue and her daughter.
He also called the school LaRue’s daughter attended about 18 times between Oct. 23 and Nov. 11, 2019, according to the indictment. During at least three of the calls, he pretended to be the girl’s father and asked if she was at school, the indictment states.
In a voicemail left at the school, Rogers identified himself as Freddy Krueger and said he was going to “rape her, abuse her and kill her.”
Prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memorandum that LaRue and her daughter moved several times because of Rogers’ stalking.
“They took detours home, slept with guns nearby and had discussions about how to get help quickly if [Rogers] found them and tried to harm them,” prosecutors said.
“They tried to anonymize their addresses as much as possible by avoiding receiving mail and packages at their real address. In vain. Every time he moved, [Rogers’] The letters — and the terror of the victims — would always follow. And [Rogers] I knew the.”
Authorities arrested Rogers, who worked as a nurse’s aide at an assisted living facility, in 2019. Former FBI Special Agent Stephen Busch and former FBI attorney Steve Kramer identified Rogers by uploading his DNA to a genetics database genealogy.
Kramer and Busch had used the same method to help them solve the Golden State Killer case.
LaRue said she and her daughter have had to seek treatment because of the stalking and threats. During Rogers’ sentencing, she said she forgives him but will never forget what he put her family through.
He said, “There’s no way I can erase this stress. It is adorned in my soul and in the soul of my daughter.”
This article was originally published on TODAY.com