December 1, 2010
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.
August 13, 2010
The defense attorney for a former Huntington Beach police officer accused of 20 felony counts including rape and sodomy pointed out inconsistencies in the testimony of the officer's ex-wife Friday in the second day of his preliminary hearing. The defense continued the cross-examination of former Officer James Roberts III's ex-wife in front of Superior Court Judge Richard J. Beacom at 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.