Fort Wayne police officer arrested on sexual misconduct charges

| September 24, 2013
Mark Rogers

Mark Rogers

Reports courtesy of Mike Joyner, Public Information Officer, City of Fort Wayne Police Department

FORT WAYNE—On Sept. 16, Fort Wayne Police Chief Russell York issued a public statement announcing that 19-year FWPD veteran Officer Mark A. Rogers, 45, had been arrested on a variety of charges, including:

• Misconduct by a “provider,” a Class C Felony, and

• False informing, a Class A Misdemeanor.

According to reports, the misconduct charge resulted from Rogers allegedly having sexual intercourse with a woman he had picked up during a driving while intoxicated stop.

Subsequent reports indicated that the woman in the investigation reported on Sept. 1 that Officer Rogers had picked her up on a driving while intoxicated charged, taken her to St. Joseph Hospital for observation and treatment after she had gotten sick but, instead of taking her directly to jail, took her to a spot where he had intercourse with her on a park bench.

According to various reports, the woman then said Rogers drove her to her home.

Roger’s report, however, states that he responded to a call of a motorist passed out in a vehicle in the Lima and Edgewood roads area and that he took the woman to the hospital after she vomited and returned to the police operations center to fill out operating while intoxicated paperwork while she was still at the hospital. Reports indicate he made no mention of taking the woman to her home. At the time of Rogers’ arrest, the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office personnel indicated that office still had not received paperwork Rogers said he had filed in the woman’s arrest.

At press time, Rogers was on unpaid administrative leave while the Allen County Sheriff’s Department investigates the complaint against the police officer.

 

This article originally appeared in the Sept. 25 print edition.

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