ARAPAHO, Okla. (AP) — A former sheriff was ordered Wednesday to stand trial on felony charges that accuse him of demanding sex from female inmates in exchange for his help in getting them into a drug court rehabilitation program.

Special Judge Paul Woodward found there was enough evidence to bring former Custer County Sheriff Mike Burgess to trial on 35 charges, including rape, following a two-day preliminary hearing during which several inmates testified that they feared they would be sent to prison if they didn't perform sexual acts on Burgess.

Burgess was a member of a drug court panel that decides which offenders are allowed into the rehabilitation program and which are sent to prison.