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JOHNSON COUNTY, KS (KCTV) -
A Johnson County sheriff's deputy is facing charges of battery, assault and more after he was accused of threatening a teenager with a knife.
Prosecutors filed criminal charges of aggravated battery, aggravated assault, child endangerment and battery Wednesday against Deputy Erin Rogers. He appeared before a judge Thursday.
According to a release from the sheriff's office, the incidents were alleged to have happened over a period of time and were reported to deputies on Jan. 23.
Court documents claim he pointed a knife at a 14-year-old while a 9- and 10-year-old were also in the room. The incident allegedly occurred while Rogers was off duty and did not involve any members of the public.
Immediately following the allegations, Rogers was placed on administrative leave, and a criminal investigation and professional standards inquiry was initiated.
Neighbors say Rogers used to live in his Gardner home with his wife and three young children until he was seen moving out about a month ago. A woman who answered the door Wednesday declined to comment.
One neighbor, who didn't want to be identified, said she was surprised by the charges.
"Very nice man. Family very friendly, children are great. Didn't realize there were any issues. Nothing for us neighbors to know there has been any trouble," she said.
Now, neighbors are hoping his family will soon put this all behind them.
"I just hope the best for the kids and that everything will turn out like it should, and that they get the help they need," she said.
Rogers was in custody in Olathe, KS. He is out on a $25,000 bond.
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