F, appeared in San Mateo County Superior Court Thursday morning where he waived his right to a preliminary hearing.
Edwards, 53, on April 15, 2011 to two counts of committing lewd or lascivious acts on a child under 14. He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.
Appearing in the courtroom with his attorney Eric Hove, Edwards told the judge that he agreed to the terms of the waiver.
Assistant district attorney Karen Guidotti explained that by waiving his right to a preliminary hearing, Edwards' defense team felt that there was nothing to be gained in a preliminary hearing, and also, no further charges can be filed against Edwards. The case will proceed to an arraignment hearing, a pre-trial conference and a jury trial.
Superior Court Judge Jonathan E. Karesh set an arraignment date for April 10 at 8:45 a.m. The initial felony arraignment was held on April 15, 2011.
Defense attorney Eric Hove requested that Edwards' bail, which is about to expire, be reduced from $200,000 to $50,000. Deputy district attorney Jennifer Ow had no objection to lowering amount, and the request was granted. Edwards will remain out of custody on bail.
Edwards, who retired from the on Feb. 28, 2011, had worked there since September 1987. He has denied the claims.