CHURCH HILL — The Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office served an arrest warrant Wednesday on a Church Hill man accused of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old boy with a vacuum cleaner while baby-sitting in December.
On Dec. 16, the boy’s grandmother filed the complaint against Roger Lee Dugger, 39, 7047-5 Carters Valley Road, Church Hill, after the boy told her he’d been abused at Dugger’s residence during the course of the previous two weeks.
During her investigation, HCSO Detective Eve Jackson interviewed the boy, who said Dugger stuck a vacuum cleaner hose down the boy’s pants and touched his privates with it while it was on, and “that it hurt and made him very uncomfortable.”
Jackson stated in the arrest warrant that Dugger then allegedly told the boy “not to tell that this occurred at his home.”
During a subsequent interview with Jackson, Dugger admitted to touching the boy in an intimate area with the vacuum cleaner while the suction was on, Jackson stated.
“Roger said he was sorry and told (the boy) not to tell, that it would get him in trouble,” Jackson stated in her warrant. “After he touched (the boy) with the vacuum he thought, ‘My God, I’ve just done something sexual to this child.’”
The boy’s mother was working during the time that Dugger was baby-sitting. The mother told Jackson she believes the incident happened between Dec. 3-7 because Dugger was alone with the boy while baby-sitting during that time.
Dugger was charged with aggravated sexual battery and was released from the Hawkins County Jail on $3,000 bond.