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Convicted rapist worked as an armed guard at a rape counseling center: Police

A convicted rapist who police caught working as a security guard at a California rape counseling center was recently sentenced to five years behind bars on weapons charges.

KFSN reported that Damon Rodgers served 13 years in prison for a series of rapes he committed in Madera County in the ’90s. Alarmingly, authorities discovered in late July that Rodgers was working security at Rape Counseling Services in Fresno.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, officers located a switchblade and loaded gun in Rodgers’ possession. As a convicted felon, he is not permitted to own a firearm.

KGPE noted that the security guard was convicted in 1998 of rape and attempted rape and was released from prison in 2011.

Fresno Police detective Josh Alexander told People that Rodgers claimed to have had the gun for two weeks before he was caught. Alexander also claimed the gun was unregistered and that the serial number had been shaved off.

ORIGINAL Story: Convicted rapist who carries illegal weapons found working at rape counseling center: Police

Though the state revoked Rodgers’ security permit in January due to his offender status, Rodgers supposedly received clearance to work as a security guard by slightly altering his name.

“Well my first reaction was ‘wow’ and obviously our concern was obviously rape counseling services provides services for victims who have been sexually assaulted and then you have an individual who is a convicted sex offender for rape and attempted rape working at their facility. The optics on that are really bad,” Israel Reyes of the Fresno Police Department told KGPE in August.

Stone Protection Services, the security company that employed Rodgers, reportedly denied knowing of his criminal history. However, Alexander said the company didn’t perform a background check, People also reported.

“They [the center] just went along with the security company they hired to work there,” he said. “If they had known who he was, they would have put a stop to it.”

Despite the disturbing ordeal, police said they have no indication that Rodgers victimized anyone at the counseling center.

 

[Featured Image: Fresno County Jail]