A Corvallis man accused of raping and sexually abusing an infant girl has pleaded not guilty to all charges in the case.

Edd Sterling Lahar, 30, is charged with three counts of first-degree rape, seven counts of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct, one count of first-degree sodomy, seven counts of first-degree sex abuse and seven counts of encouraging child sex abuse in the first degree.

Lahar was formally charged with the 25 felony counts at an arraignment hearing on Friday in Benton County Circuit Court. His defense attorney, Michael Flinn, entered not guilty pleas on his behalf.

Lahar was taken into custody on Thursday at his southwest Corvallis apartment after police received information that he had sexually explicit images of a child on his cellphone and served a search warrant on the residence.

Police arrested Lahar on suspicion of 99 criminal offenses in the case, but the Benton County District Attorney’s Office elected not to formally charge him with most of those crimes, including seven counts apiece of incest, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and endangering the welfare of a minor.

Lahar remains in custody in the Benton County Jail. At Friday’s arraignment hearing, Judge Matthew Donohue set bail at $10 million.

Benton County Deputy District Attorney Amie Matusko is prosecuting the case.

A status check hearing was held on Tuesday, where Lahar's next court appearance was scheduled for March 5.

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Reporter Bennett Hall can be reached at 541-758-9529 or bennett.hall@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter at @bennetthallgt.


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