- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

SAPULPA, Okla. (AP) - A preliminary hearing has been scheduled April 22 for a former Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper facing allegations that he assaulted or behaved inappropriately toward three women during traffic stops.

Creek County District Attorney Max Cook said the hearing was set Wednesday for 42-year-old Eric Roberts. Roberts has pleaded not guilty.

Roberts was charged last year with 10 felonies and four misdemeanors in three separate cases, ranging from second-degree rape and sexual battery to charges alleging that requests he made during the traffic stops amounted to a request for a bribe.

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 came forward with similar allegations.

Roberts was suspended in July and resigned in September.

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