Updated with court appearance Thursday:
A former Long Beach police officer, behind bars in lieu of $250,000 bail for allegedly having unlawful sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old female relative, appeared in court Thursday for what was effectively a pre preliminary hearing, and a judge continued proceedings until May 25, the prosecutor said.
Erik Alvarez, 42, of Upland, was booked into the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga April 27 on an arrest warrant, then on Monday formally charged in court with three crimes involving the teenager a generation his junior.
He was charged with one count of committing a lewd and lascivious act on a 15- year-old girl and two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor more than three years younger, San Bernardino County Court records state. The acts occurred between January and December 2009 in San Bernardino County, a prosecutor there said, adding that the familial relationship was withheld to protect the identity of the juvenile.
On Friday, Alvarez "separated from employment," according to Long Beach police Sgt. Rico Fernandez, department spokesman, who said personnel rules prevented him from elaborating.
Alvarez was arrested and taken into custody on April 27, sheriff's department jail records show.
If convicted, Alvarez faces four years and four months in state prison, Deputy District Attorney Karen Schmauss told Patch.
A preliminary hearing was tentatively set for May 11 but was continued at Thursday's appearance.
Alvarez is being represented by a deputy public defender, court records show.