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CROWN POINT — During a hearing Tuesday, Criminal Court Judge Samuel L. Cappas reaffirmed the Dec. 18 trial date for Nicholas “Nick” Medrano.

The 35-year old Crown Point resident and suspended Lake County Sheriff’s Department police officer faces felony charges of rape, attempted rape, sexual battery and confinement.

Medrano was indicted on those felony charges by a grand jury in June. According to that indictment, he knowingly or intentionally had sexual intercourse with the alleged female victim between Jan. 10, 2013, and June 30, 2014.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Department asked the Indiana State Police to investigate the case, because it involved one of the department’s own police officers, state police said in a news release.

“The complainant was a professional co-worker of the officer,” the release stated.

Medrano surrendered himself to the Lake County Jail on June 23, entered a plea of not guilty and posted a cash bond of $10,000 or 10 percent of his $100,000 surety bond.

He served as a patrolman with the Lake County Sheriff’s Department for approximately 10 1/2 years. In July, the Lake County Police Merit Board suspended Medrano without pay.

During that meeting, John Bushemi, an attorney for the Sheriff’s Department, said then-Sheriff John Buncich suspended Medrano’s police powers immediately after the indictment was returned by the grand jury.

Defense attorney Paul Stracci represents Medrano, who is scheduled to return to Cappas’ courtroom Nov. 16 for a pre-trial conference.

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