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Charges filed against CIAM managers

Attorney Stephanie Wong, left, talks with her client, Bart Rogers, former Central Illinois Arena Management general manager, after he pleads not guilty to theft and other charges Sept. 29 at the McLean County Law and Justice Center, Bloomington.

BLOOMINGTON — One of five defendants charged with crimes connected to management of the city-owned arena asked a judge Wednesday to dismiss theft charges against him.

Defense lawyer Stephanie Wong argued that two of the counts related to alleged illegal activity that fell outside the three-year window of the state statute of limitations for theft.

Several other charges against Rogers lack sufficient details to tie Rogers to the alleged theft, said Wong.

For example, charges that outline certain payments made by the city do not relate to what Rogers is accused of doing, according to Wong. And a statement in charges that money was deposited into the bank account of CIAM owner and co-defendant John Y. Butler contains no direct allegation that Rogers made the transaction, said Wong.

Assistant State’s Attorney Brad Rigdon argued the charges “are incredibly detailed” and contain sufficient information to explain the ongoing nature of the alleged theft.

Judgements on whether Rogers’ conduct was illegal will come later in court proceedings, said Rigdon.

Associate Judge Michael Stroh will issue a written opinion on a portion of the defense motion. An April 23 hearing is set for more arguments on other portions of Rogers’ motion to dismiss theft counts.

All the defendants are free on bond.

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