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Ex-San Diego officer pleads guilty in sex case

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- A former San Diego policeman who was accused of groping women during searches has pleaded guilty to false imprisonment and assault under color of authority.

Christopher Hays entered pleas Friday to three felony and misdemeanor charges. He could face up to five years in prison but U-T San Diego (http://bit.ly/1q5exqQ ) says the judge indicated he'll probably give Hays to no more than a year in county jail.

One woman contended that the 30-year-old officer ordered her to expose herself and two claimed he improperly touched them during pat-down searches last year. However, sexual battery charges against him were dismissed.

His lawyer, Kerry Armstrong, says Hays didn't plead guilty because he committed crimes but to avoid possible prison time had he been convicted.

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