A former Los Angeles police officer pleaded not guilty Monday to sex-related counts involving a 15-year-old girl from the department’s cadet program.
Robert Cain, 31, who’s being held in lieu of $240,000 bail, was ordered to return to court on March 1 for a preliminary hearing to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to proceed to trial.
Cain, a 10-year LAPD veteran who resigned after his arrest last June, was charged in late July with two counts each of oral copulation of a person under 16, lewd acts on a child and unlawful sexual intercourse.
Cain was arrested personally by Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck, who alleged that the defendant had a sexual relationship with one of seven LAPD cadets who were arrested in connection with the theft of three police cars.
Cain’s crimes allegedly occurred during three separate incidents at three different locations last June 14. If convicted as charged, he could face up to seven years and eight months in state prison, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Separately, Cain pleaded no contest Jan. 19 to two weapons-related charges stemming from a search of his home in San Bernardino County. He was immediately sentenced to two years in county jail and four years of supervised release following his plea to one felony count each of manufacturing of an assault weapon and possession of multi-burst trigger device or “bump stock.”
Eight other weapons-related charges were dismissed as a result of Cain’s plea, according to his attorney, Bill Seki.
His San Bernardino sentence can be served at any California penal institution, but it wasn’t clear if his time currently being served in Men’s Central Jail would count against that term.
–City News Service