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Trial for former MPD officer accused of rape starts today

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

The trial for a former Memphis police officer accused of raping a woman while on duty begins today.

John Smith was arrested in April of 2010 and later resigned from the force.

He was charged with oppression after a woman told investigators Smith forced her to perform a sex act behind a building near South Third and Brooks.  Investigators say it happened in 2009.  Smith told investigators the sex was consensual.

If he's convicted he could spend 12 years in prison.

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