A Huntington Beach police officer accused of abusing his wife and girlfriend is expected to begin preliminary trial Friday.
James Roberts III was charged with 17 felony counts after an investigation by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and the Orange County district attorney.
Roberts is on administrative leave, Police Chief Ken Small said.
He is collecting a full paycheck of $7,275 a month until the department determines what happened through an in-house investigation.
The investigation is completed, Small said, but the results have not been released.
Roberts is accused of a series of physical abuses against his wife. While still married, he allegedly had a girlfriend, whom he is accused of assaulting.