A former California Highway Patrol officer, who is accused of fixing a speeding ticket for a female motorist in return for sexual favors, must stand trial on felony charges, including accepting a bribe, a judge ruled today.
Abram Anthony Carabajal, 52, faces five years and four months in prison if convicted of the bribery charge and one count each of perjury and conspiracy to obstruct justice.
At the conclusion of a preliminary hearing at the Vista Courthouse, Judge Runston Maino also ordered the female motorist, 48-year-old Shirin Zarrindej, to stand trial on charges of subordination of perjury, giving a bribe and conspiracy to obstruct justice.
Both defendants -- who remain free on bail -- were ordered to return to court July 9 for arraignment and to get a trial date.
Carabajal, a 26-year veteran, resigned from the CHP during the investigation.
The officer pulled over Zarrindej for speeding on March 12, 2008, and, at some point, developed a relationship with her, prosecutors allege.
Carabajal testified under oath last July that he was not served with a subpoena, so the speeding case against Zarrindej was dismissed, authorities said.
Prosecutors said Carabajal and Zarrindej were seen walking arm-in-arm to a room at the Guesthouse Inn in Oceanside immediately after the court appearance. The woman later conceded the two had sex, prosecutors said.
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