Gerald John Rogero, 45, a 20 year veteran of the FBI agent and chief of the counter-terrorism unit has been found guilty of assaulting a 15 year old boy. Rogero, who was off duty at the time was caught on tape pushing the boy to the ground. Rogero then threatened the boy with his gun. Rogero told the boy “If I have to shoot you, I will. Don’t make me shoot you.” After shoving the boy Rogero claimed he was assaulted and placed the boy under arrest for assault on a federal officer.
Rogero, claimed to be a friend of one of the family members argued with the boys father for dropping the boy off late. When the boy began to intervene Rogero violently shoved the boy to the ground then pulled his gun on him.
A jury found Rogero guilty of second-degree assault but he was acquitted of first-degree assault and use of a handgun in the commission of a felony. He will be sentenced on January 20, 2016.
“You want to put your hands on me, you want to threaten me, that’s fine. If you step in my personal space, that’s an assault. Apparently Rogero believed stepping into his “personal space” was an assault and he was right to use for against the teenager.
Unbelieveably Rogero is on active duty It is unreal that an agent that should be sentenced to jail is still employed.Had it not been for the video I would bet the jury would have believed the account by Rogero. Yet the video clearly shows the jury got this right.
Patrick Donovan is a Massachusetts criminal attorney.