A jury trial starts today (Monday) in the case of a Garden Grove police officer accused of the sexual assault of two women.
The trial will begin at 9 a.m. in Central Justice Center, Santa Ana for Jesse Andrew Green, currently on non-paid administrative leave from the GGPD.
According to the Orange County District Attorney’s office, Green faces charges not only of rape, but also of witness intimidation and threats.
It’s alleged that Green, who has been part of the GGPD since 2006, went to the Santa Ana home of a woman he had been dating and on April 26, 2006 sodomized her while she screamed and struggled to get away. Prosecutors say that Green “made derogatory and intimidating statements to frighten the victim.”
Then, on Nov. 6, 2009 Green allegedly took a woman to his Huntington Beach apartment on their first date and violently sodomized her, and made threats.
The victims were slow to report the attacks because they worried that Green would be able to use his position as a police officer to retaliate against them, according to the D.A.
Santa Ana and Huntington Beach investigated the incidents, and Green was arrested on Oct. 3, 2010.