Ex-cop accused of assaulting his wife, alleged mistress to be arraigned
A former Huntington Beach police officer will be arraigned Tuesday on 20 felony charges, including rape and sodomy.
James Roberts III, 34, is charged with acts against his wife and an alleged mistress while serving as an officer.
Roberts originally pleaded not guilty on Feb. 26 to charges of rape, forcible sodomy, false imprisonment by violence or 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.
Roberts' ex-wife and alleged mistress have also filed separate lawsuits against the city accusing officials of conspiring to allow the alleged abuse to continue by ignoring and covering it up.
--Britney Barnes, Times Community News