Three former Baton Rouge police officers once sworn to protect and serve are set to appear before a state judge Jan. 12 to answer to abuse of office charges stemming from a February incident at a BREC park involving a woman and an alleged sex act.

Isaac M. Bolden, Emerson J. Jackson and Travis D. Wheeler were on duty, in uniform and in marked police cars at the time of the alleged incident, prosecutors have said.

The trio encountered the woman and her male friend in a parked car at Old Hammond Park between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Feb. 4, authorities said.

Jackson and Wheeler are accused of escorting the man out of the park while Bolden allegedly forced the man’s female friend to perform a sex act.

The men allegedly threatened to tow the woman’s car or take her to jail and also allegedly threatened to arrest her male friend, prosecutors said.

Bolden, 40, resigned from the Police Department months before an East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury indicted the three men in November.

Jackson, 32, and Wheeler, 27, were fired two days after the indictment was handed down.

Bolden, Jackson and Wheeler are expected to plead not guilty when they appear in front of District Judge Tony Marabella.

An abuse of office conviction carries possible prison time of one to five years, but probation is a possible sentence.