(AP) – A former Joplin police officer will serve six months of home
detention for trying to get a woman’s drunk-driving charge dismissed in exchange
for sexual favors.
Brian Rogers was sentenced Wednesday on a misdemeanor charge of deprivation of
rights. He also will serve three years’ probation.
The Joplin Globe reports Rogers arrested a woman in October 2015 for driving
under the influence of alcohol. Two months later, he offered to get the charge
Rogers told the city prosecutor that the case should be dismissed because the
breathalyzer he had used was malfunctioning. The prosecutor notified Rogers’
supervisors and the woman agreed to a recorded call during which Rogers said the
charge would be dropped. He later told authorities he hoped for a sexual
relationship with the woman.
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