Jury Convicts Stockton Special Education Teacher on Charges Related to Long-Term Sexual Abuse of Minors
Defendant resided in Valdosta, Georgia and Klamath Falls, Oregon before relocating to Stockton
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal jury has found Rodney Flucas, 49, of Stockton, guilty of transportation of minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and one count of transporting an adult daughter across state lines with intent to engage in incest, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.
“Cases like these are difficult to investigate. We must ask the victims to relive trauma and face a person they would rather forget. Rodney Flucas underestimated the strength and grace of his victims, and we thank them for their courage,” said Special Agent in Charge Sean Ragan of the FBI Sacramento Field Office. “We are grateful for opportunities to investigate crimes against minors-often in concert with local, state, and federal partners — to ensure those who exploit their naiveté and innocence face justice.”
According to court documents and evidence produced at trial, Flucas engaged in long‑term, concurrent sexual abuse of three of his daughters and two others, all of whom were minors when he began abusing them. The abuse came to light in February 2017 when his teenaged daughter tried to commit suicide by driving into a lamppost hoping that her death would lead to the discovery of the abuse. She was transported to the hospital where she disclosed the abuse to authorities. After this, five other victims began disclosing the sexual abuse Flucas inflicted on them since they were children. They made such disclosures despite Flucas’s aggressive campaign to get them to lie to child protection authorities and the police, and despite the family mantra Flucas had programmed into minors in his home from a young age: “what happens in the family, stays in the family.” DNA testing confirmed that Flucas is the father of 10 children born to victims who testified in this case.
According to evidence produced at trial, Flucas began abusing four of his victims when the family lived in Valdosta, Georgia around the year 2000. He owned or controlled upward of four houses on the same street in Valdosta where his wife, ex-wife, other partners and children lived. In 2014, the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services began to investigate allegations of child abuse, made by a grandmother of four of Flucas’s children, including allegations that Flucas had impregnated two of his daughters, but closed its investigation. In August 2014, Flucas moved his family to Americus, Georgia where he continued to sexually abuse some of his children. He began working as a teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing but was fired after one month amidst sexual abuse allegations.
By September 2014, Flucas moved the family, including four of his victims, to Klamath Falls, Oregon and continued the abuse. Once in Oregon, Flucas also began sexually abusing a 15‑year-old girl, who had befriended Flucas’s daughter at school. That girl moved into Flucas’s home, and Flucas eventually impregnated her when she was 16. He also impregnated an adult daughter for the third time in Oregon. Flucas continued his abuse of his victims throughout their entire time in Oregon.
After more allegations arose in Oregon in 2015, Flucas moved his family to Stockton. He moved his victims, including the then-pregnant family friend, and continued to sexually abuse them in California until the car crash that brought the allegations to light.
Evidence at trial also demonstrated that on the heels of his daughter’s disclosure to police in Stockton, Flucas began searching the internet for places to move overseas, including China, Kenya, Ethiopia, Canada, Panama, and Nepal. He also searched for the U.S. dollar to Mexican peso conversion rate.
According to evidence presented at trial, in addition to his ties to Georgia, Oregon, and California, Flucas has ties to or has lived in Baltimore, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; he has a current Pennsylvania driver’s license and testified at trial he has a home there and travels there often. Additionally, Flucas has fathered at least 23 children, including three who were the subject of this trial, by numerous women. Also presented at trial was evidence that Flucas had visited a website that provided information about the statute of limitations for rape in the state of Texas.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which originated from an investigation by the Stockton Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Nirav Desai and Jeremy Kelley are prosecuting the case. The defendant is also the subject of charges filed by the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office, as a result of the Stockton Police Department’s separate investigation.
Flucas is scheduled to be sentenced before U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller on December 17, 2018. Flucas faces a statutory mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison and up to a maximum of life in prison and a $250,000 fine for the count of transportation minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. On June 26, a separate jury had found Flucas guilty of one count of attempted witness tampering, and he faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for that count. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute those who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. Click on the “resources” tab for information about internet safety education.