NEWPORT BEACH : Ex-Officer Denies Guilt in Girl's Rape

A former Beverly Hills police officer accused of raping an 11-year-old Irvine girl pleaded not guilty Friday at his arraignment in Municipal Court.

Steven Rush McCoy, 36, is charged with rape, sexual assault and burglary in connection with the March 26 attack. On that day, a man posing as a delivery man with a package persuaded the 11-year-old to open the door and then raped her at knifepoint inside her apartment in University Town Center, Irvine police said.

McCoy's attorney, Jan Heger, said in a telephone interview that a medical doctor had pleaded futilely with authorities to put the defendant in psychiatric care days before the attack occurred.

"The failure of the appropriate parties to respond to a medical doctor's cry for help may explain the bizarre investigation in this case," Heger said.

But he stopped short of saying McCoy will use an insanity defense. The preliminary hearing was set for May 18.

McCoy worked for the Beverly Hills Police Department in 1978 but was let go during his probationary period because he was disabled by a motorcycle accident, McCoy said.

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