Huntington Beach Police Officer James Roberts III is currently being held in Santa Ana on $250,000 bail for numerous charges that he assaulted both his wife and his girlfriend.
This report from the Huntington Beach Independent details many of the incidents that 33 year old Roberts is now having to answer to. The charges reach back to 2007 and involve both women as victims.
Roberts married his wife in 2003 and began dating his girlfriend, while still married, in 2007.
The charges include 8 counts of false imprisonment, 1 count of vandalism, 2 counts of aggravated assault, 1 count of dissuading a witness, 3 counts of criminal threats and 2 counts of domestic battery with corporal injury. If convicted of all charges Roberts could face up to 14 years in prison.
During the past several years Roberts used his position with the police department to prevent the women in his life from reporting him, stating he would lose his job. Even after ending the relationship with the girlfriend in 2008 he is accused of restraining her against her will and assaulting her. Roberts is also accused of threatening a male friend of his wife, stating that he knew where the friend lived.
Interestingly both women were involved with Roberts and allegedly being abused by Roberts at the same time. The cycle of domestic violence is a difficult one to break and their reluctancy to report him sooner is evidence of this.
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