Trial rescheduled in rape of teen

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WALLA WALLA -- The trial scheduled this week for a man accused of raping a teenage girl at his residence in January 2008 has been postponed in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Bryan M. Harvey, 24, had been expected to face a jury Monday. But the proceedings have been reset to begin Feb. 23 to allow a recently hired defense attorney more time to investigate and prepare.

Harvey is charged with second-degree rape and furnishing liquor to minors.

Officials allege that Harvey bought beer the night of Jan. 26, 2008, and took it to an East Chestnut Street party that was attended by juveniles. He later left with the girl, who was 15 years old, and her boyfriend. 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.

Harvey 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, of 1154 Ruth St., was booked into the County Jail on Aug. 26, but was released Sept. 22 on house arrest.

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