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Last updated: Fri. Aug. 29, 2014 - 07:25 am EDT

Fort Wayne Police officer pleads guilty to rape and other charges

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Nearly a year to the day since the incident took place, a Fort Wayne Police officer pleaded guilty Thursday to three charges stemming from his alleged rape of a woman he arrested for driving while intoxicated.

Sentencing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Sept. 26 for Officer Mark A. Rogers, 46, of the 8100 block of Tranquilla Place, who pleaded guilty in Allen Superior Court to charges of rape, sexual misconduct and official misconduct. Rogers originally also had been charged with a second count of rape and false informing.

The allegations in the probable cause affidavit filed in the case state:

Rogers reportedly arrested the woman early last Sept. 1 after police received a report of a motorist passed out near Lima Road and Edgewood Drive. He planned to take her to the Allen County Jail for a Breathalyzer test, but she began vomiting. So he took her to St. Joseph Hospital for treatment and to have her blood drawn for alcohol-level testing.

When the doctor released her at about 4 a.m., both he and Rogers signed the jail medical release form. Hospital video showed Rogers handcuffed her and put her in his car. When she reported the incident to police Sept. 9, the woman said Rogers stopped three or four places before he stopped, took her out and raped her on a park bench. Then he drove her home in his police car.

In the police report he filed for her DWI arrest, he said the hospital kept her for observation, so he went back to the Police Operations Center to fill out his paperwork to have a warrant issued later for her arrest. No paperwork for a warrant had been filed as of Sept. 13.

Fort Wayne Police asked the Allen County Sheriff's Department to investigate the woman's allegations. When officers tried to interview Rogers on Sept. 16, he asked to speak to an attorney but said he had messed up his life and his family's life for a woman.

Rogers has served on the Fort Wayne Police Department for more than 19 years, previous news reports said. He received four letters of reprimand during that time, including one in 2013 for investigative negligence.

His current status with the department was unavailable late Thursday.

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