(Eaton, OH)--The trial of a former Ohio Highway Patrol trooper got underway Tuesday at the Preble County Courthouse. Christopher Ward is charged with five counts of gross sexual imposition and two counts of sexual battery after allegedly forcing female victims to perform sex acts while he was on duty and in uniform. A prosecutor indicated Tuesday that Ward had previously rejected a plea deal. He now faces up to life in prison. Ward’s defense attorney called the charges "phooey." The trial is a bench trial, meaning there’s no jury and the judge alone will decide Ward’s guilt or innocence.