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He met the teenager on Facebook. He picked her up at McDonald’s. He just got 30 years.

Joshua Rogers
Joshua Rogers Martin County Sheriff’s Office

A 34-year-old Florida man didn’t get 30 years in federal prison for what he and another 34-year-old man did to a 16-year-old runaway girl he met on social media.

Joshua Rogers of Stuart was sentenced last week for putting what they did on video and sharing it with the world.

That’s child pornography, and Rogers pleaded guilty to two counts of producing it and one count of distributing it.

Rogers’ method of distribution varied from email answers to Craigslist ads for group sex; to his own Craigslist ads for group sex; to text messages; to Skype; to Kik, an instant-messaging app.

Rogers’ pal, Richard Lockley, was sentenced in April to 15 years for one count of producing visual depictions of sexual exploitation of a minor.

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According to Rogers’ and Lockley’s admissions in court documents, Rogers became Facebook friends with a 16-year-old from St. Lucie County. When she ran away from home last Sept. 2, a Jensen Beach McDonald’s became the rendezvous point with Rogers. He took her back to his Stuart home and fed her alcohol, marijuana, and meth between food meals.

Over the next 25 days, Rogers recorded his sexual abuse of the teen as did Lockley when Rogers asked his neighbor to join.

After Martin County Sheriff’s Office busted Rogers when they spotted him and the girl at a Dunkin’ Donuts, they found 200 videos and 170 pictures of sex involving Rogers and the teen.

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