Officer who left gun in courthouse bathroom suspended


PLYMOUTH, Mass. ( -- A Plymouth police captain has been suspended without pay after leaving his service weapon in a courthouse bathroom in January.

Plymouth Police said Capt. John Rogers Jr., a 28-year department veteran, left his .357 revolver in a bathroom at the Wareham courthouse. When he went back to retrieve it, the weapon was gone.

Sources told Fox 25's Bob Ward that the weapon was later found in Freetown, Mass. with the serial number scratched off two days later. Police said a subject who appeared in court on the 28th took it.

Officials said Rogers will serve a 20-day unpaid suspension and will serve another 10 days of extra duty without pay. He will also be relieved of his duty assignment as the department's internal affairs investigator and will be retrained on the department's policy on handling department-issued weapons.

Plymouth police said Rogers had no previous disciplinary action over the course of his career.