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Former cop's rape trial: Zoloft defense can be used

Anthony Orban, a former Westminster police detective, is accused of abducting and raping a 25-year-old restaurant employee as she left work at Ontario Mills Mall in April 2010.

May 18, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A former Westminster police officer will be allowed to use a so-called "Zoloft defense" at his kidnapping and rape trial.

Prosecutors say Anthony Orban abducted a 25-year-old woman at gunpoint in April 2010 as she left work at the Ontario Mills Mall, forced her to drive to Fontana, then beat and raped her.

A San Bernardino County judge on Thursday ruled Orban can present a defense claiming he was mentally unconscious at the time of the attack because of the influence of the antidepressant drug, Zoloft.

Orban has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. He faces life in prison if convicted on all charges.