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Benton County sheriff deputies arrested an Oregon State University student Monday on rape charges, court records show.

Jordan Alexander Pace is charged with first-degree rape, first-degree unlawful sexual penetration, first-degree sodomy and second-degree sexual abuse, according to an indictment filed Nov. 8 in Circuit Court.

The 19-year-old pleaded not guilty to all charges at his arraignment hearing Monday, according to court records.

According to the indictment, Pace used “forcible compulsion” to engage in sexual intercourse and other sexual conduct with the alleged victim, who did not consent. The alleged acts took place May 14.

Judge Matthew Donohue imposed a $50,000 bond in the case, court records show. Pace posted bail Monday, the same day he was booked into the Benton County Jail.

Donohue also ordered Pace not to have contact with the alleged victim, her residence or her immediate family, according to court records. Pace is also not permitted to attend any college classes attended by the alleged victim, the judge ordered.

Pace is a current student at OSU, said Steve Clark, vice president of university relations and marketing.

Pace joined the OSU football team as a walk-on defensive lineman in September 2016. Pace eventually moved to running back but was no longer with the team after the 2017 spring camp.

Corvallis defense attorney Nicolas Ortiz is representing Pace in the case. Pace’s next court hearing is set for Dec. 18 for a status check.

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


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