FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A former police officer who pleaded guilty to raping a woman he had pulled over during a drunk driving patrol in 2013 was sentenced to six years in prison and two years of probation on Friday.
Mark A. Rogers, who was a 19-year veteran with the Fort Wayne Police Department, pleaded guilty to felony counts of sexual misconduct, official misconduct and rape of a victim mentally disabled such that consent was not possible in August as part of a plea agreement. A separate count of rape and a count of false informing were dropped.
During the sentencing hearing on Friday, Rogers said he was shocked by the charges, that he thought that what happened was between consenting adults.
According to court documents, Rogers pulled over a woman during the Labor Day holiday in 2013 that 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.”
Rogers was arrested on September 16, 2013 at which point he was suspended by the police department. InAugust 2014, he officially resigned from the force.