LOS ANGELES (WCMH) — An Ohio man has been sentenced to prison in Los Angeles after he harassed a television actress and her daughter for 12 years.
From Heath, Ohio, James David Rogers, 58, was sentenced to 40 months in prison after stalking, threatening and harassing actress Eva LaRue for 12 years, according to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California. Rogers was sentenced on two counts of mailing threatening communications, one count of threats by interstate communications and two counts of stalking.
From March 2007 to November 2019, Rogers harassed LaRue, whose credits include “CSI: Miami” and “All My Children,” according to court documents. Rogers also made threatening remarks about LaRue’s daughter, who was 5 years old when he began stalking the pair.
“[LaRue and her daughter] moved numerous times in hopes that [Rogers] would not find them again,” prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memorandum. “They drove circuitous routes home, slept with weapons nearby and had discussions about how to seek help quickly if [Rogers] found them and tried to harm them.”
Each time they moved, Rogers found them. Over the years, he mailed around 37 handwritten and typed letters to the actress and her daughter, signing each letter using the name “Freddie Krueger” in reference to the fictional serial killer from “A Nightmare on Elm Street.”
The 58-year-old began directly targeting LaRue’s daughter in 2015 and called the school she was attending twice in 2019, claiming to be her father.
The FBI conducted the investigation and Rogers pleaded guilty on April 28.