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A former Lincoln police officer accused of sexual assault will waive his arraignment and plead not guilty to the charge next week.

Gregory Cody, 54, had been set to go to court Friday for a preliminary hearing, but filed a written waiver, sending his case on to district court.

Cody’s attorney, John Ball, said Cody would plead not guilty next week by written waiver to the charge of first-degree sexual assault of a person mentally or physically incapable of resisting.

Cody hasn't yet been given a trial date and is out of jail on bond.

In November, the Lancaster County attorney’s office filed a warrant for his arrest on the charge for allegedly using his position of authority to coerce a mentally ill woman into a sexual relationship that lasted more than a year.

In a nine-page affidavit, a Nebraska State Patrol investigator said Cody's accuser, a 30-year-old Lincoln woman, described more than a year's worth of interactions with Cody, including about 50 incidents of sexual encounters that she described as forced, most of which occurred while he was on duty.

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Lori Pilger is a public safety reporter.

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