Click the video above to watch Rogers walk in and out of court.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The Fort Wayne police officer arrested for sexual misconduct made his first appearance in court Friday morning. Mark Rogers is accused of coercing a drunken woman to have sex with him while she was in his custody during OWI patrol.
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Rogers appeared solemn on his way in and out of the courtroom. For the most part, the officer showed little emotion. NewsChannel 15 asked Rogers if he was guilty, if he sexually assaulted the woman, if he had anything to say to the Fort Wayne Police Department, and if he had anything to say to the community he swore to serve and protect. Rogers didn’t answer any of those questions.
His attorney was the only person with him during Friday’s initial hearing.
“At this point in time it wouldn't be appropriate to comment in the case. We have another court date for November 4. Between now and then, discovery process will occur. We'll talk to the state of Indiana,” said David Zent, Rogers’ attorney. “We'll have more at a later time.”
An Allen County Superior Court judge entered a not-guilty plea on Rogers’ behalf. The judge then read Rogers his three charges:
- Sexual Misconduct, a class C felony
- Official Misconduct, a class D felony
- False Informing, a class A misdemeanor
Rogers bonded out of jail around 2:00 p.m. Thursday. His omnibus hearing is set for November 4.
Some folks in the community said they showed up at Rogers' hearing just because they were interested in the case.
Rogers, 45 and a 19-year veteran of the FWPD, was arrested on Monday and then relieved of duty. He was being held on a 72-hour hold but posted bond soon after his arrest.
According to the Affidavit for Probable Cause, Rogers is accused of having sex with a woman he detained while working OWI Enforcement Patrol. The woman told police she went along with the acts as "she feared for her physical safety and because she knew the defendant was a Fort Wayne Police Officer."
According to the Affidavit, Rogers picked her up for driving while intoxicated over the Labor Day weekend and took her to the hospital as she was vomiting. She was diagnosed with alcohol intoxication, treated, and released back into Rogers' custody. In Rogers' report of the night, he had stated that the woman was left at the hospital. Security footage from the hospital however, does show Rogers escorting the woman out of the hospital in handcuffs.
The woman told police he then put her in the back of the police car and stopped in several locations before taking her out of the car and taking off her handcuffs. She told police he then walked her to a park bench and had sex with her. She then reported to police that she had been sexually assaulted by Rogers.
According to FWPD Chief Rusty York, the complaint originated in Allen County’s jurisdiction. That's why the Allen County Sheriff's Department is handling the case.
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