Rocker Jailed For Child Porn
A US judge today sentenced a former rock musician and piano teacher arrested in Thailand
after an international manhunt to more than 16 years in prison for child pornography.
Eric Rosser, 51, who once played piano for the singer John Mellencamp, was arrested by
Thai police in Bangkok in August 2001 after being placed on the Federal Bureau of
Investigation's list of 10 most-wanted fugitives.
Rosser had earlier pleaded guilty to producing, distributing and receiving child
pornography and criminal conspiracy. He also was fined $US20,000 ($28,659).
"Those who perpetrate crimes against vulnerable children cannot outrun the reach of the
federal justice system," said Susan Brooks, the US attorney for the southern district of
"Even though Rosser changed his appearance and lived in Thailand, law enforcement worked
together across international boundaries to put him in prison. He certainly learned that
a child pornographer cannot dwell among potential victims teaching piano and expect not
to be stopped."
Rosser, who ran a music school, was first arrested in Bangkok in February 2000 after a
child pornography tape he made was found in the possession of a US co-conspirator,
William Platz, who was sentenced in June 2000 to 11 years in prison.
A month later, just before he was to stand trial, he jumped bail and spent the next 18
months trailing through Europe and Asia, sparking an international manhunt.
US authorities said Rosser made pornographic videotapes of three girls between the ages
of nine and 11.
"The resulting visual material showed these girls engaging in sexually explicit conduct,
either by themselves or with Rosser," the Justice Department said in a statement.
Two of the children came from Bloomington, Indiana, where Rosser had been a well-known
local musician. The other victim lived in Thailand.
Justice Department investigators found that "a majority of the child pornography
involved in the conspiracy was widely distributed on the Internet and is now frequently
found in other unrelated cases".