WALLA WALLA -- A local man has pleaded guilty in Superior Court to two rape charges for crimes that occurred in 2009 and 2010.
Joshua A. Rutherford, 19, entered a guilty plea Monday to a third-degree rape charge for having sexual intercourse with a 17-year-old girl without her consent in the summer of 2009.
He also pleaded guilty to third-degree rape of a child for having sex in the summer of 2010 with a girl who was 14 years old.
Both of the crimes -- which hadn't been reported to police until last spring -- took place at a residence in the area of the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds, according to police.
Rutherford was acquainted with both of the girls, officials said.
He faces a standard-range prison term of 26-34 months when he's sentenced later. The prosecution is recommending a midrange, 30-month sentence in exchange for his guilty pleas.
He has been incarcerated at the County Jail since Aug. 16.
Terry McConn can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 526-8319.