Hearing delayed on rape charges for ex-Oklahoma trooper

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Posted: Apr 22, 2015 6:56 PM
Hearing delayed on rape charges for ex-Oklahoma trooper

SAPULPA, Okla. (AP) — A preliminary hearing has been delayed for a former Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper charged with rape and sexual battery of three women during traffic stops.

The hearing scheduled for Wednesday afternoon for Eric Roberts in Creek County District Court in Sapulpa was postponed until June 5.

Prosecutors had requested the delay, but no reason for it was immediately given.

The charges filed last year against the 42-year-old Roberts in three separate cases include second-degree rape, sodomy, sexual battery, embezzlement and asking for or receiving a bribe. He has pleaded not guilty.

The allegations came to light in August when a woman filed a federal lawsuit alleging Roberts raped her following a traffic stop. Two more women later made similar allegations.

Roberts was suspended in July and resigned in September.