FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - A Fort Wayne Police Department officer was relieved of duty Monday after he was arrested on three charges, including sexual misconduct by a service provider, according to FWPD Chief Rusty York.
Mark A. Rogers, 45, is a 19-year veteran of the FWPD. He faces the following charges:
- Sexual Misconduct by a Service Provider, a class C felony
- Official Misconduct, a class D felony
- False Reporting, a class A misdemeanor
According to the Affidavit for Probable Cause, Rogers had sex with a woman he had 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 vomiting. She was diagnosed with alcohol intoxication 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.
Chief York said Rogers was arrested in Allen County at around 10:30 a.m. Monday. The Allen County Sheriff's Department is handling the case. The FWPD Professional Standards Unit will be assisting the Sheriff’s Department, according to York.
According to the Affadavit, when an investigator attempted to interview Rogers Monday morning, he requested to speak with an attorney and said, "I threw 19 years away for a (profanity) woman."
York said the complaint originated in Allen County’s jurisdiction which is why they are handling the case.
The Board of Public Safety voted to put Rogers on unpaid status on Monday afternoon. Rogers has been relieved of duty, he has not been dismissed or fired.
York said the charges stem from conduct that occurred while Rogers was on duty for the FWPD.
“In my 10 years, there has not been an officer arrested for a felony charge…since I’ve been Chief,” York said.
NewsChannel 15’s Adam Widener asked York how he felt about that.
“I have the upmost faith in the Fort Wayne Police Department. We have men and women who do a terrific job out there every day, and again, this is unfortunate that it reflects on all of the great officers that we have,” York answered.
Rogers is a crime scene technician for the police department. He was not on-patrol for the department.
Rogers has several past disciplinary actions filed against him:
- Improper Conduct in 1998
- Improper Conduct in 2004
- Police Vehicle Accident in 2006
- Investigative Negligence in 2013
All of these actions were disciplined with a Letter of Reprimand, according to FWPD records.
He also received a Letter of Commendation in 2004.
York said the Board of Public Safety will vote again after the criminal case is resolved on whether or not Rogers will be placed back on paid duty or fired.
“Obviously, this officer is innocent until proven guilty,” York said.
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