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FWPD officer formally charged


– Prosecutors filed formal charges Thursday against Fort Wayne Police officer Mark Rogers, charging him with sexual misconduct, official misconduct and misdemeanor false information.

This week, Rogers, 45, was arrested on the same preliminary charges after a woman filed a report stating she had been sexually assaulted by the 19-year veteran.

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 filed this week.

Because of her level of intoxication, she vomited, so 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. After the assault, Rogers drove her home, according to court documents.

Rogers wrote in his report that he responded to a call of a motorist passed out in a vehicle in the area of Lima and Edgewood roads.

After the woman vomited, Rogers said he took her to the hospital.

He said he left her there at the hospital after he was told she was going to be there for awhile.

Rogers’ report said he returned to the police operations center to finish his reports, a story that conflicted with video camera footage from the hospital.

He also said he forwarded the information from the arrest to the prosecutors’ office to obtain a warrant. The prosecutors’ office never received paperwork on this particular arrest, according to court documents.

When he was questioned by investigators with the Allen County Sheriff’s Department, Rogers requested an attorney but did say that “I threw 19 years away for a (expletive deleted) woman.”

Rogers is scheduled to appear in Allen Superior Court today for his initial hearing on the charges.