San Diego officer to stand trial on rape charge

SAN DIEGO (AP) – A San Diego police officer charged with kidnapping and raping a woman while on duty will stand trial.

Judge Charles Rogers made the decision Tuesday after Daniel Dana appeared in San Diego Superior Court.

Dana has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Prosecutors say Dana threatened to arrest a 34-year-old woman he had befriended unless she had sex with him. He faces a maximum sentence of more than 17 years in state prison if convicted.

The arrest of Dana last month came one day after the police chief apologized for a spate of officer-misconduct allegations and announced new measures to regain the public's confidence.

His defense attorney, William Wolfe, says the evidence against Dana is questionable. The judge says he will set the trial date at an arraignment June 28.

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