MODESTO — Prosecutors on Wednesday filed two misdemeanor charges against a former Modesto police sergeant accused of having sex with an underage female family member. The new charges allege the defendant failed to comply with a court order not to contact the victim or her immediate family.
Robert Hodges, 40, briefly appeared in court Wednesday morning with defense attorney Kirk McAllister and pleaded not guilty to the additional charges.
Hodges was a 15-year veteran of the department and was working patrol when he was arrested Oct. 22.
Deputy District Attorney Annette Rees submitted the amended criminal complaint, which alleges that Hodges violated the court's order on Nov. 28 and Dec. 5, but specific allegations in the misdemeanor charges were not discussed in court.
Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Thomas Zeff scheduled Hodges to return April 17 for another pretrial hearing. The defendant remains free on $115,000 bail.
Initially, Hodges was placed on paid administrative leave until the conclusion of an internal department investigation. A police spokesman said this week that Hodges no longer works for the department. It's unclear if he resigned or was fired.
Hodges has been charged with seven felony counts of committing sexual acts with the teenage girl, but police have said the crimes aren't alleged to have taken place while on duty.
Hodges is accused of committing lewd acts with a child 14 or 15 years old. The criminal complaint also alleges that he committed two counts each of sexual penetration with a victim younger than 16, unlawful sexual intercourse with a victim younger than 16 and oral copulation with a person younger than 16.
The charges involve one alleged victim, listed as Jane Doe in the complaint, who was 15 when the sexual abuse is alleged to have started. The crimes are said to have occurred between July 2009 and May 2010.
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