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Six-Year Resident Sought Nine Years On Florida Sex Charge

February 25, 1988

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) _ A man sought for nine years on a Florida sex charge has been arrested in Tucson, where he has been living under an assumed name, authorities said.

Retha Rogers said she was unaware that David Elliott Rogers, her husband of six years, actually was Charles Danison. He was charged in 1979 in Pinellas County, Fla., with one count of lewd and lascivious behavior and one count of committing a sex offense.

Local authorities acting on a tip from the FBI arrested Danison at his home late Wednesday, said Pima County sheriff’s Sgt. Robbie Mayer.

Danison at first insisted that his name was Rogers, Mayer said, but didn’t know the date of birth on his driver’s license.

Mayer said Danison then gave him permission to look through his desk, where he found a bachelor’s degree in psychology from New York University and a Ph.D. from a Florida school, both in the name of Danison.

Mayer said he also found several old letters of commendation to Danison from then-President Richard M. Nixon. Mayer said he did not know what the commendations were for.

Mayer said the man then admitted he was Danison and told him: ″You know something, I just couldn’t get rid of that stuff.″

Danison, 60, told officers he works as a volunteer chaplain at University Medical Center, and is a retired marriage counselor.

Mrs. Rogers said she had no idea her husband was not who he claimed to be.

″He’s a nice man,″ she said. ″I knew nothing of this. I had no clue. I don’t know what to say.

″But I think he should have confided in me.″

Danison was being held in lieu of $5,500 bond.

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