Southaven officer charged in child pornography case

Photo: Harold “Tad” Rogers. (DeSoto County Jail photo)

A Southaven police officer finds himself in trouble with the law after his arrest by Hernando officers on Friday evening, Nov. 12.  

A news release from the Hernando Police Department stated that Harold “Tad” Rogers is under arrest facing charges of enticement of a child to produce sexually explicit pictures. 

Rogers, age 38 of Hernando, was arrested around 7:30 p.m. Friday evening after undercover officers identified him as the one they had been communicating with in sexually explicit conversations. Over time, Rogers allegedly solicited sexually explicit pictures from an undercover officer who identified as a 13-year old girl.  

The Southaven Police Department Saturday morning issued a statement about Rogers’ arrest. The statement said Rogers is currently suspended, has been an officer since August of this year, and the Police Department would make no further comment about the arrest. 

The DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department also issued information that Rogers was a former deputy with the department from October 2017-April 2019. He returned to the department in November 2019 and continued to be employed asa deputy until July of this year.

Rogers was reported by Hernando Police to have been released from the DeSoto County Adult Detention Center, although he was still listed as being held there as of Saturday afternoon. Jail information has a Dec. 15 court appearance at 1 p.m. scheduled.  

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