Prosecutors want to use texts in child sex case

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Federal prosecutors in Mississippi want to introduce evidence in an upcoming trial that a defendant in a child trafficking case sent text messages saying he had access to a “3-year-old girl to use for sexual acts.”

Prosecutors want to use the messages to show that the victim was being abused before the incident for which 27-year-old Marco Laquin Rogers was charged in October.

Rogers and another man, 26-year-old Jemery Atral Hodges, were charged last year after authorities said they found a video showing the men having sex with the child in a Jackson hotel room in May 2012.

Rogers is scheduled for trial Sept. 9 in U.S. District Court in Jackson.

Hodges pleaded guilty on June 20. His sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 26.