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Rapist Caught Working At Rape Counseling Center (Photo)

| by Michael Doherty

A convicted rapist was found to be working as a security guard at a rape counseling center in California.

Damon Rodgers, 40, was arrested on July 27, after he was found to be carrying a gun and switchblade. It is illegal for him to carry those items as a convicted felon, reports Fox.

Rodgers was employed as a security guard at a rape counseling center in Fresno at the time of his arrest. It was revealed that Rodgers had served 13 years in prison for a string of rapes in the 1990s, according to KFSN.

Rodgers was convicted in 1998 for rape and attempted rape.

"He was followed down the street and ultimately pulled over by ourselves and units from the Southwest Policing District," said Fresno Police Sgt. Israel Reyes. "Mr. Rodgers was cooperative. He was removed from his vehicle and was in possession of a loaded firearm."

"Mr. Rodgers was in possession, and to our surprise, was working at Rape Counseling Services at the time," said Reyes. "They weren't aware of it obviously, and they were very shocked and I believe they immediately took action with the security company that they hired."

That company, Stone Protection Services, was reported to not have known about Rodgers' rape conviction. A fellow security guard from Tri County Security notified police upon seeing a post Rodgers made on Facebook searching for a sidearm holster.

The guard who tipped off authorities had been aware of Rodgers' past.

Rodgers obtained a guard card from the state under a slightly different name. After Rodgers' criminal record was uncovered, the state filed paperwork to cancel the guard card.

Rodgers was charged with being a felon in possession of a gun, and is currently in jail on $386,000 bail.

"My first reaction was: 'Wow,'" said Reyes, according to International Business Times.

"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," added Reyes, according to the Independent. "The optics on that are really bad."

"As far as we know there were no victims who were ever disturbed by Rodgers, but again it's something where an individual like that should not be working at that center," said Reyes.

According to Reyes, police might not have arrested Rodgers without the tipoff, since "all indications" showed the man as a "compliant sex registrant."

Neither Stone Protection Services nor staff at the rape counseling center have publicly commented on Rodgers' arrest.

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