A 17-year-old Corvallis High School football player pleaded not guilty Wednesday to felony rape charges in Benton County Circuit Court.
Marco I. Brewer is facing multiple Measure 11 crimes, according to an indictment filed July 28. In Oregon, a person who is 15 to 17 years old and who is charged with a Measure 11 crime must be tried and sentenced as an adult.
The indictment charges Brewer with first-degree rape, first-degree unlawful sexual penetration, first-degree sexual abuse and two counts of second-degree sexual abuse.
The charging document alleges that on May 14 of this year, Brewer engaged in sexual intercourse with a person who was incapable of consent by reason of mental incapacitation or physical helplessness.
Brewer's next court date is for a bail reduction hearing on Sept. 1, according to court records. Court documents indicate Brewer had been held at the Oak Creek Youth Correctional Facility, but he posted security Wednesday on a $450,000 bond.
Corvallis attorney Stephen Ensor is representing Brewer. Ensor said Wednesday he could not comment on the case at this time.
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Corvallis High School Athletic Director Bob Holt called the situation “very unfortunate.”
“It’s a shame,” Holt said. “It’s sad."
Holt said it is too early in the criminal case for the school to decide if Brewer will play on the football team this fall.
“Until it all plays out, it would be very difficult for me or the school to make a decision as to what is going to happen,” Holt said.
Holt said he’s also not sure how the criminal charges might impact Brewer’s future as a college football player. In June, Brewer gave a verbal commitment to continue his football career at UCLA. Brewer, who will be a senior this fall, is being recruited as an interior offensive lineman.