A former New Mexico police officer accused of assaulting a young woman and her friends has been ordered to testify before a special Senate committee on Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.
A hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled for Monday.
The New Mexico Police Department initially declined to release the officer’s name but has since confirmed that the woman in question is an officer at the time of the alleged incident.
The woman told the AP that the officer raped her in her car after an argument about a video game in October 2016.
The incident was captured on video and posted online, and sparked a wave of criticism that led to an outside investigation.
The officer, identified only as Thomas M., is the first to be named in the case, and the first officer to be indicted.
His trial is scheduled to begin on Tuesday.
He told the Albuquerque Journal that he has accepted the allegations.
He has denied the allegations and says he is innocent of all the charges.
“The allegations are totally false,” he said in an interview.
“There is no case here.”
The Associated Press reported that a copy of the lawsuit obtained by the AP indicates the alleged victim’s attorney, Lisa Kline, is seeking to have the officer fired.
Kline, a former prosecutor, has said she plans to file a motion asking the judge to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the alleged assault.