Realtor accused of sexually assaulting new employee

Robert Rogers mugshot (Bexar County Sheriff's Office)
Robert Rogers mugshot (Bexar County Sheriff's Office)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — An Austin realtor has been arrested for second-degree felony sexual assault.

Police say the victim was attending an Oct. 14 real estate conference in Austin with her new employers, Robert Rogers, 38, and his wife Patricia Zars, of San Antonio-based Zars and Rogers Realty.

After the conference, the woman and the couple went to get drinks at a downtown hotel, followed by dinner and karaoke where they continued to drink, she told authorities.

According to the court document, both Rogers and Zars strongly encouraged the victim to stay the night at their Austin apartment in the 100 block of Sandra Muraida Way. She told police Rogers was very drunk; he began to massage her shoulders and she felt uncomfortable, continued the court document.

The apartment building where the incident allegedly happened (KXAN Photo)
The apartment building where the incident allegedly happened (KXAN Photo)

Both Rogers and Zars encouraged the victim to have sex with them, she states in the affidavit. When the victim said she was not interested, the affidavit states both Rogers and Zars went to their bedroom but Rogers returned and sexually assaulted the woman.

The victim stated she did not know what to do so she recorded a two minute video on her phone. The affidavit states that in the video Rogers sounds “very intoxicated” and can be heard yelling at the victim in frustration, telling the victim how he loved her. The victim is heard in the video telling Rogers to stop several times, police say.

The victim told police she left the apartment immediately after the incident.

In a recorded telephone call conducted by police, Zars told the victim she was not aware that Rogers had gone back to the victim after they went to their bedroom. She also stated the next morning Rogers said he felt he “may have gone too far” and that he felt the need to apologize, continued the court document.

On Nov. 6, a detective interviewed Zars who agreed with the victim’s timeline of events leading up to the night at their apartment, but says she did not ask the victim to have sex. In the interview, Zars stated that she heard the victim say she needed to leave the apartment to get her kids to school. According to the court document, Zars told police that her husband felt he should apologize to the woman for being “too flirtatious.”

Rogers was arrested Tuesday by the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office in San Antonio. KXAN asked Rogers’ attorney for a comment regarding the investigation, but he declined to comment.

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