Lenoir City newspaper employee charged with kidnapping, rape

LENOIR CITY (WATE) -- An employee of the Lenoir City News-Herald is being held on charges of kidnapping and raping a woman in the newspaper's offices.

Jason Kenneth Rogers, 36, Lenoir City, is charged with aggravated assault, aggravated rape and especially aggravated kidnapping.

Rogers worked in the newspaper's circulation department.

He was arrested Thursday night when the victim reported being forced at knifepoint to perform a sex act while in the News-Herald building Thursday, after the offices were closed.

According to Lenoir City Police Det. John Sarten, Rogers asked the woman, who is also a newspaper employee, to give him a ride to a local market.

Once he was in her car, he allegedly pulled knife on her and made her drive around for a while before telling her to go back to the newspaper offices.

There he forced her into a back room.

The victim was injured in the course of the incident

Lenoir City newspaper employee accused of raping co-worker

LENOIR CITY - A Lenoir City News-Herald newspaper employee is charged with raping a co-worker on News Year's Eve, according to a Lenoir City Police Department detective.

Jason Kenneth Rogers, 36, of Lenoir City, was arraigned today on charges of aggravated rape, aggravated assault and especially aggravated kidnapping, authorities said. He currently is in custody on bonds totalling $150,000.

Rogers, who works in the newspaper's circulation department, allegedly asked the co-worker for a ride from the News-Herald offices to a local grocery after work. Once in her vehicle, Rogers pulled a knife, forcing the woman to drive around before returning to the office, Detective John Sartin said.

Once at the office again, Rogers allegedly took the victim to a back room, punched her in the face and forced her to perform a sex act at knifepoint, Sartin said.

Rogers is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Jan. 13.