A Polk County man pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Benton County Circuit Court to charges alleging he sexually abused a 15-year-old girl.

Dean Gary Hutsell, 50, of Dallas, appeared at his arraignment via video conferencing from the Benton County Jail. Hutsell’s appointed attorney, John Rich, entered not guilty pleas on his client’s behalf. Hutsell spoke little during the hearing except to address the judge.

Hutsell faces one count of first-degree online sexual corruption of a child, one count of luring a minor, one count of third-degree sexual abuse and three counts of encouraging child sexual abuse in the second degree.

Corvallis police officers arrested Hutsell and took him to jail Tuesday. Prosecutors officially charged him Wednesday.

According to the charging document, Hutsell used the internet throughout the month of August to solicit the victim to engage in sexual contact. The charges also accuse Hutsell of using explicit images or language to lure the victim into engaging in sexual conduct. Further, authorities allege Hutsell possessed child pornography.

The charges also accuse Hutsell of sexually abusing the girl on Aug. 18 and 19, according to the charging document.

Judge Matthew Donohue imposed a $75,000 bond in the case, $7,500 of which Hutsell is required to post in order to be released from jail. If released, Hutsell should have no contact with minors, Donohue said.

Lillian Schrock covers public safety for the Gazette-Times. She may be reached at 541-758-9548 or lillian.schrock@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter at @LillieSchrock. 


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