FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- A new trial date has been set for the Fort Wayne Police Officer accused of sexual assault.
Suspended officer, Mark Rogers, was in court Wednesday morning. He faces sexual misconduct and two counts of rape.
His trial date is April 15.
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A Fort Wayne Police Officer who was placed on unpaid leave after being charged with sexual misconduct, now faces a more serious charge.
Mark Rogers now faces two felony rape charges. Rogers pleaded not guilty in court Sept. 13th to the formal charges of sexual misconduct, official misconduct and false informing.
It's related to allegations that he coerced a female citizen into having sex while the officer was on duty.
The accusations are very serious.
In fact, Rusty York says it’s the first time since he took over as police chief in 2000 that a city officer has been charged with felony crimes.
The 45-year old Rogers made his first court appearance in September, about three hours after he was arrested on charges of sexual misconduct, official misconduct and false informing.
Court documents say Rogers was working a special OWI enforcement patrol September first, when he was summoned to deal with a woman who passed out in her car.
The woman claims after she was taken to St. Joe Hospital for a blood test, Rogers placed her back in his squad car, and drove her to a park where he took her handcuffs off and walked her to a park bench to have sex with her.
The woman claims she fully cooperated, because she feared for her safety, knowing that Rogers is a police officer.
The Fort Wayne Board of Public Safety around noon on Monday voted 2 to 0 to place Rogers on unpaid leave, based on a request made by Chief York.
" I have the utmost faith in the Fort Wayne Police Department. We have men and women who do a terrific job out there everyday. And again, this is unfortunate, that it reflects on all of the great officers that we have," York said.
Rogers originally filed a report claiming after the blood test he left the woman at the hospital.
But hospital records show the woman was released to Rogers, and St. Joe Hospital security video shows the woman leaving the property with Rogers about 4 a.m. on September 1st, and that the woman was in handcuffs, presumably bound for county lockup.
In court papers, the officer is quoted as repeatedly apologizing to officers who were transporting him to lockup for “causing this situation”.
He is also quoted as saying, " I threw away 19 years for a ‘expletive’ woman".
He will remain on unpaid leave, until the criminal case is resolved in the Allen County court system.
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