ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Johnny Garcia, a former Albuquerque Police officer accused of raping a woman while on duty asked a judge to dismiss one of the charges against him. Friday, that motion to dismiss was denied.

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In February 2022, Garcia was on duty at the Sunport when he was accused of luring an employee into a closet, kissing and groping her, then he allegedly forced her to perform oral sex on him. Friday, Garcia’s attorney asked a judge to dismiss count 3, bribery of a witness, arguing he made no threats or intimidated any witnesses. A judge denied that motion. Garcia’s trial is expected to begin February 13.