SAN DIEGO -- A former San Diego police officer accused of raping a prostitute in Presidio Park while on duty was ordered to stand trial after his alleged victim testified in court Tuesday.
"He's scared. He's scared to death," said Attorney William Wolfe. "He doesn't think he's violated the law and he's looking at some very serious charges."
Daniel Edward Dana, 26, faces more than 17 years in state prison if convicted of rape under the color of authority, oral copulation under the color of authority, false imprisonment and assault by an officer.
The 35-year-old alleged victim, in testimony during a morning-long preliminary hearing, said she met Dana in April while she was working as a prostitute on El Cajon Boulevard.
She said she was standing by a Denny's restaurant when she saw Dana's patrol car and immediately tried to walk away because she was already on probation for a prostitution conviction.
The woman said Dana stopped his patrol car in a nearby alley.
"I said, I know I'm not supposed to be here,'' she said. "He said he wasn't out here for that.''
The alleged victim said Dana got out of his patrol car and introduced himself, then asked for her name and cell phone number, which he entered into his cell phone.
"I was kind of skeptical because it was a police officer asking me for my phone number and I've never had a police officer ask for my phone number," she said. "He was nice."
The two later exchanged pleasant text messages, and she thought of the defendant as someone who she could call to warn her of police activity in prostitution areas, the witness testified.
Sometime later, the woman said Dana texted her from his Jacuzzi, saying he wished she could be there with him.
"I thought he wanted a `date,''' the woman testified.
She said she had no problem with the idea of having sex with a police officer as long as he paid.
On the night of May 10, the woman said she went to a downtown club looking for clients because there was too much police activity on El Cajon Boulevard. She said she got a ride home from the club, then changed clothes and headed out to work on El Cajon Boulevard.
Around 2:30 a.m. on May 11th, the woman said she got a text then a call from Dana, but she was busy with a potential client. She said the client fell through and she asked the man to drop off her off at a nearby 7-Eleven, where the defendant pulled up into a side alley in his patrol car.
The alleged victim said she and Dana made small talk near the rear of his patrol car, then he demanded sex.
"He said either I give him what he wants or I go to jail,'' the woman testified. "Either I have sex with him or I go to jail.''
The woman said her first reaction was, "Are you serious?'' but realized the officer wasn't joking.
She testified that Dana put her in the back of his patrol car, then drove off.