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Police captain who lost his gun is suspended

Plymouth police Captain John Rogers Jr., who lost his service revolver in a Wareham District Court bathroom last week, will be suspended and removed from his position as internal affairs investigator, department officials said Tuesday.

Rogers will be suspended without pay for 20 days and serve another 10 days on duty without pay, Police Chief ­Michael Botieri said.

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Rogers, who is currently the operations captain, was testifying in court Jan. 29 when he left his .357-caliber revolver in the bathroom, police said.

The weapon was recovered Jan. 30, police said. Botieri said the revolver was taken by a person who was in court that day and that when it was recovered several of the serial numbers had been scratched out.

Botieri said Rogers “always presented himself in a professional manner and is a well-respected law enforcement officer in the area.”

Rogers will also be required to complete the department’s standard training relating to handling service weapons once again, the statement said.

Todd Feathers can be reached at todd.feathers@globe.com.
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