Emmeth Rogers, the dietician (cook) at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center (JFKMC) accused of raping a 26-year-old patient (name withheld), has been formally charged with the crime. He was forwarded to the Monrovia City Court yesterday for prosecution.
Defendant Rogers, 39, was charged by the Liberia National Police (LNP) after a week of intense investigation.
He reportedly committed the crime on June 10 with the patient in question, who was alone on her sick bed.
After yesterday’s hearing, Rogers was remanded at the Monrovia Central Prison on the grounds that the crime of rape does not qualify a suspect for bail, although police said Rogers denied the allegation during their investigation.
The police said they charged defendant Rogers based on the allegation leveled against him by one Abraham Kromah of the JFKMC.
Kromah, police charge sheet alleged, complained that on Friday, June 10, at about 9 p.m., a nurse he identified as Malay Kpadeh reported to two of the hospital’s security guards, Patrick W. Mboyah and Justice Johnson, that Rogers carried on a “serious act” against one of the hospital’s patients, who was admitted in room 303 (third floor) of the medical and surgical wards.
The court document alleged that the medical report that was submitted to the police by the victim’s father, Orlando F. Armah, dated June 15, established that the victim’s hymen (a piece of skin covering the vaginal opening in females) displayed evidence of healed trauma in her vagina.
The medical report was done at the Hope for Women International Clinic, located on the A.B. Tolbert Road in Paynesville.
Quoting Rogers when he was investigated by the police, the court document said on June 10 he went to work and later proceeded to the medical and surgical wards where the alleged victim was admitted.
Rogers claimed that when he arrived at the ward, he immediately took all of the dirty dishes from the area to where he usually takes them to have them washed.
When he decided to go back to the ward, the record alleged, a nurse named Malay, who controlled that ward, informed him that “there was some special patient needs in the area,” the court record quoted the defendant.
He claimed that while on his way to the ward, his victim called him using “sign language.”
When he went to her bed side, he said, she gave him L$80 and later spoke in her sign language that she wanted a bottle of soft drink.
According to the document, Rogers brought the soft drink and took it to the patient, but had nothing to do with her afterward.
It was while making his way out of the room, Rogers was quoted by the LNP record that “another patient in the room screamed and called the nurse.”
Rogers alleged that nurse Malay told him not to go into the room again. And with that instruction, both of them left the room together. He therefore denied ever having any sexual contact with the victim.
The case drew lots of public attention yesterday when it was called for hearing because of its nature.
The case continues.