Ex-Oklahoma trooper waives jury trial on assault charges

Posted at 3:24 PM, Oct 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-13 16:24:41-04

SAPULPA, Okla. (AP) -- A former Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper charged with assaulting three women during traffic stops has waived his right to a jury trial on sexual assault, indecent exposure and sexual battery charges.

Online Creek County District Court records show that 44-year-old Eric Roberts waived his right to a jury trial on Wednesday. The records also indicate that Roberts, who has pleaded not guilty to the charges, is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 6 to enter a new plea. Roberts' attorney, Gary James of Oklahoma City, did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment on the development.

The allegations surfaced in 2014 when one woman filed a federal lawsuit alleging Roberts raped her following a traffic stop.

Roberts was suspended in July 2014 and resigned two months later.