Mesa man to stand trial on sex charges

A former educator and cop residing in Mesa pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges he sexually assaulted a teenage girl over the course of five years.

Rodney Eddy, 67, is now scheduled for trial starting Oct. 5.

Thursday’s plea happened after District Judge Valerie Robison ruled there was sufficient evidence for Eddy to stand trial on all 36 felony charges outlined in a Mesa County Sheriff’s Department arrest warrant affidavit.

Robison also ordered Eddy to submit to testing for the HIV virus. State law requires the tests when criminal cases involving allegations of sexual intercourse with children are scheduled for trial.

Eddy was arrested in December on charges including sexual assault on a child, sexual exploitation of children and obscenity. He’s also charged with sexual assault as a pattern of abuse.

Eddy is accused of repeated sex acts with a girl who was 13 years old when the assaults allegedly started in 2003. The girl came forward in May 2008.

Eddy was elected treasurer of the Plateau Valley School Board in November 2007 and resigned in the summer of 2008, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

He was a substitute teacher with School District 51, but the affidavit said he had not been in the classroom for at least two years prior to his arrest. Eddy was a patrol officer with the Los Angeles Police Department between 1971 and 1978.

Eddy is free on $175,000 bond.


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