An 18-year-old Powell man pleaded not guilty Wednesday morning after being accused of raping a 16-year-old girl twice this year.
Nathan Michael James Deering, 18, of 10091 Juliana Circle, Powell, appeared in Delaware County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday with his attorney, Lisa Tome, to be arraigned on two counts of rape, which are first-degree felonies, and one count of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance, a fifth-degree felony.
Deering entered a not-guilty plea to the charges and a trial date of Jan. 12 was scheduled. Judge Everett Krueger set his bond at $35,000.
Assistant prosecuting attorney Cory Goe on Wednesday alleged that between Aug. 30 and Sept. 6 Deering was with a 16-year-old girl in his bedroom. Goe said Deering and the girl agreed to have sex but the girl asked Deering to promise to stop if she felt uncomfortable and he agreed. However, after they began having sex, the girl asked Deering to stop and he refused, Goe said.
The second rape charge stems from an incident that occurred between Sept. 6 and Oct. 9 on a school bus. Deering, then a senior in the Olentangy Local Schools, was riding the bus home with the same girl when he asked her to perform oral sex, Goe said. When the girl refused, Deering forced her to perform oral sex, Goe said.
The illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance stems from Deering possessing photos of the girl in a state of undress on his cellphone, Goe said.
Goe added that investigators have taken phones belonging to both Deering and the victim for analysis.
Delaware County sheriff’s deputies arrested Deering after receiving a call about the incidents.
Goe said Deering was convicted in 2014 on a count of sexual imposition and was on probation when the current offenses occurred.
The trial is estimated to last two and a half days.
Deering was being held in the Delaware County Jail Wednesday afternoon.
Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.