Officer who pleaded guilty to rape resigns

Mug shot of Mark A. Rogers courtesy the Allen County Sheriff's Department.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A Fort Wayne police officer who pleaded guilty to rape has resigned from his position on the force.

Police Chief Garry Hamilton told the Board of Public Safety about Mark Rogers’ resignation on Thursday night. Rogers submitted his resignation on August 15. After his arrest on September 16, 2013, Rogers was suspended without pay by the department.

The 19-year veteran pleaded guilty to rape, sexual misconduct and official misconduct on August 28. He will be sentenced on September 26.

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.

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