Tenino man pleads not guilty to rape, assault

A 39-year-old Tenino man pleaded not guilty to rape and assault charges Tuesday in Thurston County Superior Court.

The man appeared before Judge Anne Hirsch, who set his trial date for July 27. He was arrested in April after he allegedly raped and beat his wife, and was eventually released from the Thurston County Jail on $5,000 bail.

He faces charges of second-degree rape and second-degree assault, both domestic violence charges.

Police began investigating the man after his wife called 911 and reported that her husband had punched her in the head, according to court documents.

When officers arrived at the Tenino home, the woman told them that her husband had accused her of cheating on him. She said he pinned her to the ground and forced his hand down her pants.

The husband then put a pillow over the woman’s head and hit her. She said she believed her husband put the pillow on her head so that he wouldn’t leave a mark when hitting her, and to prevent her from breathing, according to court documents.

The Olympian doesn’t release the names of suspects when victims could be identified through the suspect’s name.