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Allegations Lead to Police Chief Being Placed on Unpaid Leave

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Ludowici, GA -

Another News 3 investigation, and another local police chief under fire, and off the job.

Five different complaints, two from inmates and three others from current of former officers or police employees in Ludowici.

That's what started this investigation into Chief James Rogers and apparently led to this disciplinary action.

Rogers was officially put on administrative leave without pay Friday by the city of Ludowici.

This comes after the mayor and city council got information about a series of allegations.

Among their complaints accusing several female officers of having sex with one another.

Accusing one female officer of being "on pills"

Calling other female officers "fat" and saying one was a "whore."

Claims also include inmates being refused recreation time, refused medical care, and on at least one occasion, officers had to buy prisoners food because it wasn't provided to them.
 
They also say Rogers told them to let DUI suspects drive home even though they were intoxicated, and that evidence lockers were open and available to anyone.

When officers were supposed to do firearm qualifications, the City of Ludowici allegedly refused to buy them ammunition. A former Chief had to purchase rounds for officers to qualify.

Ludowici City Attorney's tell me the allegations are concerning and they need time to investigate them.

Rogers suspension is open ended. There is no date set for his return.

News 3 has also learned that there have been four criminal warrants filed against Chief James Rogers.
 
They accuse the chief of everything from violating the oath of office, to falsifying public documents, false statements and false official writings.

There will be a hearing on all those complaints January 29th.
 
If those claims are substantiated, then Rogers would be charged and arrested.

We'll keep you updated.

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