Umatilla man jailed for rape

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East Oregonian
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Monday, February 24, 2014
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UMATILLA — A Umatilla man faces charges of first-degree rape and assault constituting domestic violence.

Juan Garcia Torres, 50, of 1601 Third St., Umatilla, pleaded not guilty to the initial charges Monday. Umatilla County sheriff’s deputies arrested Torres after a woman Saturday came to the Hermiston Police Department and accused him of harming her. According to police records, the woman had a black eye.

Circuit Judge Dan Hill in Hermiston set Torres’ bail at $100,000. Torres has another hearing Friday, which would give the Umatilla County District Attorney’s Office time to bring the case to a grand jury.

Torres remains in Umatilla County Jail, Pendleton. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement also placed a jail hold on Torres, according to the jail’s online information.

Sheriff Terry Rowan did not return a call seeking comment about the arrest.