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A trial has been scheduled for a Corvallis man accused of sexually abusing a 9-year-old girl.

Maxwell Earl Turner, 57, was arrested after a grand jury returned a secret indictment against him on Jan. 24.

He is charged with two counts of unlawful sexual penetration in the first degree and three counts of first-degree sexual abuse stemming from an incident that allegedly occurred between Dec. 28 and 29.

All of the charges are Measure 11 offenses, with the most serious counts carrying a mandatory minimum sentence of eight years and four months in prison.

Turner has pleaded not guilty on all counts.

During a brief hearing in Benton County Circuit Court on Tuesday, Judge Locke Williams scheduled trial to begin March 18. The 12-person jury trial is expected to last five days.

Turner is being held in the Benton County Jail on $300,000 bail.

He was represented in court by defense attorney Clark Willes.

Deputy Benton County District Attorney Amie Matusko is representing the state.

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