A former Huntington Beach police officer pleaded not guilty Tuesday to 20 felony charges, including rape and sodomy.
James Roberts III, 34, is charged with alleged acts against his wife and an alleged mistress while serving as an HBPD officer.
Roberts originally pleaded not guilty Feb. 26 to rape, forcible sodomy, false imprisonment by violence of deceit, criminal threats, domestic battery, aggravated assault, dissuading a witness and vandalism.
Roberts faces a maximum sentence of about 23 years in prison, if convicted on all charges.
Superior Court Judge Richard J. Beacom agreed to move forward with the charges after a nearly three-day preliminary hearing in August where Robert's ex-wife and investigators from the Orange County Sheriff's Department and Orange County district attorney's office testified.
Robert's former wife testified in the preliminary hearing about an alleged pattern of domestic violence he allegedly committed against her from June 2007 to March 2008.