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A former Los Angeles police lieutenant was ordered to stand trial on charges of sexual abuse. Deputy Dist. Atty. Cathy Weast said that at the end of a preliminary hearing, Waid Woodruff was ordered to face trial on seven felony counts. He will be arraigned in Superior Court on April 3. Woodruff is accused of three counts of sodomy, two of oral copulation and two of child molestation, the prosecutor said. Woodruff, 47, of Manhattan Beach was arrested by police in that city last December. The alleged crimes occurred between the end of 1982 and late 1984. The alleged victim, a boy, is now 10 years old. Woodruff once was in charge of rape investigations for the Los Angeles Police Department, but resigned to oversee security for the cross-country torch run for the Olympic Games. Woodruff was a Los Angeles officer for more than two decades and spent six years in the internal affairs division, prosecuting fellow officers accused of wrongdoing.

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