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Report: Man arrested and charged in connection with disappearance of KY mother Crystal Rogers

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Report: Man arrested and charged in connection with disappearance of KY mother Crystal Rogers

A Nelson County man has been charged in connection with the Crystal Rogers case, according to WDRB and court records.

According to court records, Joseph Lawson, 32, is charged with conspiracy to commit murder and complicity in tampering with physical evidence. Lawson’s attorney, Kevin Coleman, confirmed to WDRB that the charges are related to Rogers’ case.

Lawson was charged in June with complicity in tampering with physical evidence. According to court records, the conspiracy to commit murder charge was filed about a month later. Lawson pleaded not guilty to both counts during an arraignment Thursday.

According to online court records, Hardin County Commonwealth’s Attorney Shane Young has been appointed special prosecutor in the case. An FBI agent and a Kentucky State Police detective were listed as complaining witnesses in Lawson’s court filings.

Lawson’s bond is set at $500,000 for the conspiracy to commit murder charge and $50,000 for the accessory to tampering with physical evidence charge, according to court records. He must appear in court again in October.

Rogers has been missing since July 5, 2015. The FBI, along with other law enforcement agencies in Kentucky, have conducted multiple searches for evidence in her disappearance.

The most recent search took place in October, when FBI agents raided a Houck family farm. The search continued multiple days and evidence was collected, the FBI said.

It is believed that Brooks Houck, Rogers’ boyfriend at the time of her disappearance, was the last person to see her. Law enforcement named him a suspect early in the case, but he was never charged with anything related to Rogers’ disappearance.

The Houck farm was already searched by authorities in August 2020. Two months after Rogers was reported missing, local law enforcement also searched the property.

In addition to an investigation into Rogers’ disappearance, the FBI is also investigating the death of Rogers’ father, Tommy Ballard. According to law enforcement, Ballard was shot by an unknown assailant in 2016 while hunting with his grandson.

According to the FBI, he had been trying to get answers about his daughter’s disappearance and formed “Team Crystal,” a group of community members dedicated to finding his daughter.

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