Man faces September trial over 2008 rape allegation

Bryan M. Harvey is accused of assaulting a teen after a party that January.

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WALLA WALLA -- A trial date has been set for a man accused of raping a teenage girl at his residence in January 2008.

Bryan M. Harvey, 23, is scheduled for trial Sept. 9 on charges of second-degree rape and furnishing liquor to minors.

Officials allege that Harvey bought beer the night of Jan. 26, 2008, and took it to a party on East Chestnut Street that was attended by juveniles. He later left with the girl, who was 15 years old, and her boyfriend and they drove to the mountains where they drank beer that Harvey supplied, according to a police report filed in court.

After midnight, they reportedly went to Harvey's then-apartment in the 400 block of South Seventh Avenue where the girl passed out on Harvey's bed next to another girl who was with the group. Harvey allegedly forced the girl's boyfriend to leave about 3 a.m. and Harvey then raped the girl, officials said.

The girl claims to have struggled with Harvey for about an hour before she left with the other girl. Police were notified later that day.

He previously faced identical charges, but they were dropped in June 2008 at the prosecution's request because officials were unable to locate the victim at the time, according to the motion for dismissal in that case.

Harvey, who now gives an address of 1154 Ruth Ave., was arrested Wednesday. Bail was set at $30,000.

Terry McConn can be reached at terrymcconn@wwub.com or 526-8319.

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