Man found guilty of ’99 rape

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) An Allen County jury on Thursday found a Fort Wayne man guilty of raping a woman more than 15 years ago.

Roger Carlson, 37, of the 1300 block of Oakland Street, was convicted in an Allen Superior courtroom of one count of rape and two counts of criminal deviate conduct, each Class A felonies, as well as Class B felony criminal confinement, the fallout of a June 1999 night with a women he met at a city bar.

According to an affidavit for probable cause issued late last year, Carlson presented himself that fall night as “Mike” to a woman at a bar, and the two danced and drank into the night.

Roger Carlson

The woman told police she left Carlson and the bar around 2:30 a.m. and started to walk home when she was approached along by Carlson’s truck. The woman said “Mike” asked her if she wanted a ride, and when she told him no, he opened the door and pulled her inside. The woman said Carlson then pulled out a gun and drove to rural Huntertown.

Carlson then told the woman to get out of the truck and take her clothes off, ordering her to “shut up” before punching her in the throat, the affidavit read. The woman said Carlson then picked up a rock as if to hit her, but said, “You’re lucky, I’m not going to kill you.”

Instead, Carlson raped the woman, she said.

After the incident, the woman told police Carlson left in his truck, leaving her behind. She walked to a phone and called her mother, who then took her to Parkview Hospital, the affidavit read. She then went to the Fort Wayne Sexual Assault Treatment Center for a rape test was conducted.

That’s where the case went cold.

Until Oct. 8, 2013, when police matched the woman’s DNA from that test to that of a convicted offender, Roger – not “Mike” – Carlson.

Carlson was arrested in Alabama on a warrant in May 2014 and extradited back to Indiana. His DNA was again collected and studied against the woman’s, the results of which matched to “a reasonable degree of scientific certainty,” the affidavit read.

Newschannel 15 will not identify the woman because she is the victim of a sexual assault.

Before a jury this week, Carlson admitted to having consensual sex with the woman during the day near a set of railroad tracks in Noble County. Carlson told the jury the woman then propositioned him for money, saying she would accuse him of rape if he didn’t pay her. He said he drove off and left her alone, refusing to pay.

The jury disagreed. It took the body only a few hours to find him guilty on every count against him.

Carlson will be sentenced at a later date.

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