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Not-guilty plea entered in officer sexual misconduct case

Fort Wayne police officer Mark Rogers appeared in Allen Superior Court on Friday morning on charges of sexual misconduct.

Rogers, 45, a 19-year-veteran of the department, is now on unpaid administrative leave. He is charged with sexual misconduct, a class C felony; official misconduct, a class D felony; and false reporting, a misdemeanor.

During the initial hearing, Allen County Senior Judge Bob Schmoll entered a not-guilty plea on Rogers’ behalf.

Out on bond, Rogers appeared with his attorney, David Zent, and left the courtroom quickly after his hearing concluded.

Rogers, a crime scene technician, was working on a drunken driving enforcement patrol Sept. 1 and picked the woman up for driving while intoxicated, according to court documents.

Because of her level of intoxication, Rogers took her to St. Joseph Hospital for treatment. After she was released, Rogers put her in handcuffs in the back of the squad car and then drove her to a park, where he sexually assaulted her, according to the documents.

After the assault, Rogers drove her home, according to court documents.

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