The preliminary hearing for a former Huntington Beach police officer came to a close Thursday afternoon with the judge upholding 19 of the 20 felony charges, including rape and sodomy.
Superior Court Judge Richard J. Beacom agreed to move forward with the charges against James Roberts III, 34, after hearing testimony from Robert's ex-wife and investigators from the Orange County Sheriff's Department and Orange County district attorney's office during the three-day preliminary hearing at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana.
A preliminary hearing is where prosecutors present evidence to a judge, who rules if the case is strong enough to go to trial.
Roberts is charged with alleged acts against his wife, an alleged mistress and another man while serving as an officer with the Police Department. The Independent is not identifying the women because they are possible victims of sexual assault.
He pleaded not guilty Feb. 26 to rape, forcible sodomy, false imprisonment by violence or deceit, criminal threats, domestic battery, aggravated assault, dissuading a witness and vandalism.