A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for Friday in the case of a former federal law officer accused of sexual assault of a woman in Garden Grove and making terrorist threats.
The hearing for Miguel Lerma, Jr. is set for the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana .
According to authorities, the suspect, who was a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer for the Department of Homeland Security, is accused of raping an intoxicated 20-year-old woman in Long Beach. She awoke alone in some bushes.
The victim reported the rape and submitted a DNA swab.
Authorities allege that Lerma picked up another woman, a prostitute, and drove to an industrial area of Garden Grove. He is accused of forcing her to orally copulate him, then forcibly raped and sodomized her. DNA collected from the rape examination was linked to the evidence gathered from the other victim.
He was arrested on March 29 by Garden Grove police.
The jury trial is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 27 in Central Justice Center in Santa Ana.