Greg Cody in court

Former Lincoln police officer Greg Cody appears in court in November, accused of sexually assaulting a woman he met at work.

The lawyer for a former Lincoln police officer accused of raping a woman he met on the job contended Friday that a trial will expose the woman's allegations as lies.

Greg Cody, 55, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree sexual assault of an incompetent person in the case.

In a news release, Cody's attorney, John Ball, said his client has "unequivocally denied the accusations against him."

"Each and every one of the allegations is as horrible as they are false, and each and every one will be exposed as the lies that they are," Ball said in the release.

The Lincoln attorney's statement marks the lengthiest comments the defense has made on the case since Cody's highly publicized arrest Nov. 18. 

Cody retired from the force Oct. 20 amid an internal investigation into the allegations, which were reported to the Nebraska State Patrol days earlier.

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

She told investigators she felt coerced because Cody didn't take her into emergency protective custody, but she feared he still could, which would jeopardize her ability to keep her kids.

"Like all false allegations, the only remedy is to shine the bright light of truth on them, and watch them wither away," Ball said. "Everyone needs to remember that there is only one legally correct position at this point in any criminal case — that the accused is innocent."

In court Friday, Cody waived his right to a speedy trial, as his attorney noted there was a lot of evidence to sift through.

Lancaster County District Judge Kevin McManaman set a hearing on pre-trial motions for August.

The case appears headed for trial in October.

"Thankfully, this is the United States of America, where Mr. Cody is guaranteed the right to a jury trial, to present evidence, and to confront his accuser," Ball said. "That is coming."

If convicted, the 27-year-veteran officer would face up to 50 years in prison.

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Riley Johnson reports on local government in Lincoln.

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