FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A 19-year veteran with the Fort Wayne Police Department pleaded guilty Thursday morning to raping a woman he had pulled over during a drunk driving patrol over the Labor Day holiday in 2013.
Mark A. Rogers was suspended by the department without pay when he was arrested on September 16, 2013. It’s not known what his current status is with the police force.
According to court documents, Rogers pulled over a woman he suspected of drunk driving and took her to a hospital because she was vomiting. The woman was diagnosed as having alcohol poisoning and was released back into Rogers’ custody. However, in his report Rogers wrote that he left the woman at the hospital when surveillance video showed her leaving with him in handcuffs.
The woman told police that after leaving the hospital, Rogers put her in the back of his squad car and drove to several locations before he stopped, removed her from the car and took off her handcuffs. Rogers then walked her to a park bench where he had sex with her. She later came forward to report the incident and told investigators 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.”
As part of the plea agreement, Rogers will be sentenced on felony counts of sexual misconduct, official misconduct and rape of a victim mentally disabled such that consent was not possible. A separate count of rape and a count of false informing were dropped. The plea also calls for a maximum sentence of six years if accepted by a judge. His sentencing is scheduled for September 26, 2014.