An attorney for a former Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper accused of sexual assaults and other inappropriate behavior involving three female motorists last year contends the incidents were not crimes because they were a “consensual encounter.”

Attorneys Gary James and Carla Stinnett, who represent Eric William Roberts, filed motions Tuesday in Creek County District Court to dismiss eight of the 12 charges against the former trooper. A hearing on the matter was tentatively scheduled for Sept. 17.

Roberts, 43, is charged with second-degree rape, rape by instrumentation, sexual battery, forcible sodomy and procuring indecent exposure.

A preliminary hearing on a Roberts’ case involving another woman and three other related charges is set for Oct. 5.

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