Walla Walla rape trial postponed again

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

Bryan M. Harvey, 24, most recently had been scheduled to face a jury starting today. But the proceedings have been reset to begin April 20 to allow the defense more time to prepare its case.

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

Officials allege 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 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, 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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