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Trial date set for ex-policeman accused of rape

Justin Sanderson, the former Phillipsburg police officer accused of rape, will face trial April 9, according to a Montgomery County Common Pleas Court docket.

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Sanderson, 32, is accused of forcing women to engage in sexual activity with him at an area hotel and at the village police department while he was dressed in his police uniform, Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. said while announcing a 21-count grand jury indictment in August.

Sanderson remains in Montgomery County Jail facing felony charges: three counts of rape by force or threat of force, two counts of kidnapping for sexual activity, two counts of gross sexual imposition by force, one count of aggravated burglary, seven counts of sexual battery, two counts of unauthorized use of the Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway, and four counts of interfering with civil rights.

In August, he pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Final pretrial is set for March 21 ahead of the April 9 trial. Sanderson is represented by Dayton attorneys Anthony VanNoy and Kimberly Melchor.

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