Saturday, July 20, 2024

‘Risk to the community’: High-risk sex offender now living in Belleville area

David Joseph Rodgers is now residing in the Belleville area. – Photo submitted by Belleville police

The Belleville Police Service is alerting members of the community that a high-risk sex offender is now residing in Belleville.

David Joseph Rodgers has lived in the area as of March 1, 2024. He has been labelled a “Prolific Offender” by Toronto Police.

Rodgers is currently out on bail on charges from the Toronto Police for breaching his 810.1 Order. He was charged last week by the Belleville Police Service for breaching his bail conditions, and was re-released on bail.

Rodgers is a two-time federal offender and has a criminal history of sexual interference; possess child pornography; import, distribute, and sell child pornography; and make, print-publish child pornography. Rodgers was also convicted of breaching his 810.1 order, and is on a 161 prohibition order in relation to children for life.

The Belleville Police Service says they will be closely monitoring this high-risk offender.

Rodgers was granted bail again and must abide by strict conditions including but not limited to:

  • Not to engage in any activity that involves contact with persons under the age of 16 years.
  • Not to attend specific public places such as parks, day cares, playgrounds, schools or anywhere else persons under the age of 16 years will be present.
  • Advise of any address change and remain at his place of residency and advise police of any changes in advance.
  • Report to Police regularly.

Rodgers is described as a 37-year-old white male, 6’ tall, 240 lbs, with shoulder length brown hair, and blue eyes.

The Belleville Police Service believes Rodgers may pose a risk to the community, particularly children. Residents are asked to be watchful and report any suspicious people in their neighbourhoods or public places.

Anyone with information is asked to call 613-966-0882 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)

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