Crime

April 17, 2013

Questionnaire aims to ensure fair trial of ex-Modesto police officer

A judge on Tuesday said a juror questionnaire is being developed to ensure a fair trial for a former Modesto police officer accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a motel room.

A judge on Tuesday said a juror questionnaire is being developed to ensure a fair trial for a former Modesto police officer accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a motel room.

The trial for Lee Freddie Gaines is scheduled to start May 29. Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Marie Silveira is creating the juror questionnaire with input from Gaines' defense attorney and the prosecutor.

Gaines, 27, has been charged with oral copulation by force, being armed with a firearm while committing a sexual offense, sexual battery and assault under color of authority.

The alleged victim, a 37-year-old woman, testified to a grand jury that she was working as a prostitute at the motel.

She told the grand jury she got a call for service and the officer came to her motel room. She said the officer handcuffed her and demanded oral sex.

Gaines has pleaded not guilty to the charges and remains free on bail.

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