SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A June 14 preliminary hearing was scheduled Tuesday for a former San Diego police officer accused of raping a prostitute in Presidio Park while on duty.
Daniel Edward Dana -- currently held on $300,000 bail -- will be back in court Thursday for a bail review.
The 26-year-old defendant, who either quit or was fired almost immediately following his May 11 arrest, has pleaded not guilty to four felonies, including rape under the color of authority.
A 34-year-old prostitute who Dana befriended told police she agreed to meet him about 3 a.m. May 11 in Presidio Park, where the officer allegedly forced her to have sex with him by threatening to arrest her if she refused.
In addition to rape under the color of authority, the defendant faces charges of oral copulation under the color of authority, false imprisonment and assault by an officer.
He could get more than 17 years in prison if convicted of all the charges, said Deputy District Attorney Annette Irving.
Dana's arrest came one day after police Chief William Lansdowne publicly apologized for a spate of alleged officer misconduct on the San Diego force.
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