Cop accused of raping prostitute wants lower bail

SAN DIEGO -- A former San Diego police officer accused of raping a prostitute in Presidio Park while on duty will have a chance to request lower bail at a hearing Thursday.

Daniel Edward Dana is currently held on $300,000 bail, an amount he has been unable to raise.

,A June 14 preliminary hearing was scheduled for the 26-year-old defendant at a Tuesday hearing.

Dana, who either quit or was fired almost immediately following his May 11 arrest, has pleaded not guilty to four felonies, including rape under the color of authority.

A 34-year-old prostitute who Dana befriended told police she agreed to meet him about 3 a.m. May 11 in Presidio Park, where the officer allegedly forced her to have sex with him by threatening to arrest her if she refused.

In addition to rape under the color of authority, the defendant faces charges of oral copulation under the color of authority, false imprisonment and assault by an officer.

He could get more than 17 years in prison if convicted of all the charges, said Deputy District Attorney Annette Irving.

Dana's arrest came one day after police Chief William Lansdowne publicly apologized for a spate of alleged officer misconduct on the San Diego force.

Ten San Diego police officers have been accused of various crimes -- ranging from drunken driving while off-duty to on-duty sexual assaults -- over the past few months. Of those, six have been arrested.