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A rape trial expected to begin later this month for Nicholas Medrano, a suspended police officer with the Lake County Sheriff's Office, has been delayed.

Medrano, 34, of Crown Point, was scheduled to appear at a jury trial beginning Dec. 18 on charges of rape, attempted rape, sexual battery and criminal confinement. The suspended officer is accused of sexually assaulting a woman, identified as a co-worker, between Jan. 10, 2013, and June 30, 2014.

The trial date was vacated Friday, according to court records. A court hearing will instead be held Dec. 18.

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Medrano was suspended without pay in July by the Lake County Police Merit Board.

An attorney for Medrano said at a merit board meeting in September that Medrano wished to testify about the matter at a disciplinary hearing, but could not do so until the criminal charges are resolved.

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Lake County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Steve covers Lake County courts and social justice issues for The Times. The UW-Milwaukee graduate joined The Times in 2016 after reporting on criminal justice in New Mexico and Wisconsin.