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Police and fire


Former Holy Cross teacher, principal faces child porn charge

A former long-time teacher at Holy Cross Lutheran Church and School was charged Tuesday after police found numerous pictures and videos of child pornography on the man’s computer, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Kenneth C. Rogner, 63, who was most recently the school’s church musician and choir director, faces one count of possession of child pornography at the end of an investigation that began in 2011, the report said.

The investigation started when Indiana State Police found about 25 files online flagged as being of interest for child pornography investigations, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and those files led police to a Fort Wayne computer, police said in the affidavit.

In July 2012 police searched Rogner’s home in the 10000.block of St. Clair’s Retreat after they matched his computer to the one they originally found on the file-sharing website.

An examination later of Rogner’s computer turned up 18 movies and 85 pictures of child pornography, according to the affidavit.

In an interview after the search, he told police he was a teacher for 25 years and principal for three at Holy Cross Lutheran Church and School, and at the time of the interview was employed as the full-time church musician and choir director.

Holy Cross posted a statement to its website in which it said Rogner immediately resigned after the allegations came to light.

He has not had any involvement with Holy Cross since his resignation, the statement said.

Rogner said his computer skills were self-taught and he used the file-sharing website to download pornography, bestiality and child pornography, according to the affidavit.

As the interview progressed, he told police his viewing of such content was “an addiction I personally have been fighting and I know it’s wrong,” according to the court file.

He said he viewed child pornography for about four or five years, the affidavit said.

He was not yet in custody late Tuesday afternoon, according to officials at Allen County Lockup.