Testimony continues in case against former San Diego police officer Christopher Hays

SAN DIEGO - Testimony is set to resume Wednesday in a preliminary hearing for a former San Diego police officer accused of groping and illegally detaining women while on patrol last year.

Three women testified Tuesday that they were groped and made to perform inappropriate acts after being contacted and searched by Officer Christopher Hays, a four-year SDPD veteran who resigned the day after he was charged in February.

A fourth woman also alleged that Hays groped after her arrest for shoplifting, according to a SDPD detective.

Judge Charles Rogers is tasked with determining if Hays, 30, should stand trial on two counts of felony false imprisonment and three counts of misdemeanor sexual battery. The defendant would face up to three years and eight months in prison if convicted.

An alleged victim testified that Hays contacted her about 4 a.m. Oct. 30 as she waited for a bus on El Cajon Boulevard. The woman said Hays directed her to a dark area behind a building where she was staying and patted her down.

"He's groping me," the woman said, "not missing (any) corner of my body. It was more of a sexual touch. I felt violated. I just wanted it to end as fast as it started."

She testified that Hays explained his frustrations between how a male officer has to search a female suspect as opposed to a female officer.

The woman said Hays got aroused as he groped her.

"He said he had a wife and kids at home, but he had a thing for black girls," she testified.

She said Hays asked her to pat him down, then he got in his patrol car and left.

She said she didn't try to report the incident because she has an extensive criminal record and didn't want any trouble.

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