A 47-year-old Corvallis man pleaded not guilty Monday in Benton County Circuit Court to charges accusing him of raping a female.
Jose Gabriel Gonzalez-Merwin allegedly used force to engage in sexual intercourse with the victim, according to an indictment filed Oct. 31.
The age of the alleged victim was not included in court records.
Gonzalez-Merwin pleaded not guilty to first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy, first-degree unlawful sexual penetration and first-degree sexual abuse, all Measure 11 crimes carrying a total minimum sentence of 31 years upon conviction. Gonzalez-Merwin also entered a not guilty plea to second-degree sexual abuse, a felony carrying a maximum prison sentence of five years upon conviction.
The alleged rape occurred April 22, according to the indictment.
Prosecutors originally charged Gonzalez-Merwin on April 27. He was arrested and taken to the Benton County Jail, where he was held on $300,000 bond. Gonzalez-Merwin posted bond and was released on April 28.
Gonzalez-Merwin was represented in court by Corvallis attorney Jennifer Nash. She said the defense is waiting on DNA test results from the crime lab.
Judge David Connell set Gonzalez-Merwin’s trial for Aug. 20.