GONZALES, LA (WAFB) - A trial date has been set for a former police officer accused of having sexual relations with a minor.
Owen Ockman Jr., a former Sorrento and Gonzales police officer, will stand trial on August 18 on charges of indecent behavior with a juvenile. The victim's age was not released.
According to the indictment, the alleged acts happened from May 1, 2009 until Aug. 31, 2011. Ockman was arrested in Ascension Parish on July 10, 2013. He posted a $7,500 bond and was released the same day.
Jury selection was initially scheduled to begin in January, but Ockman's attorney was out sick. Proceedings were then scheduled to resume on March 17, but were delayed.
Monday was the deadline for Ockman to plead guilty in the case if he wanted. He did not plead guilty and the trial date was rescheduled for August.
Ockman was named Sorrento's outstanding officer in 2008 by the Knights of Columbus, according to the Gonzales Weekly Citizen.