Man denies three counts of rape
A 19-year-old man is facing felony charges for allegedly raping three young teenage girls last year.
Harlan T. Hinkle, 19, appeared handcuffed and shackled before 22nd Judicial District Judge Blair Jones last Thursday and pleaded not guilty to three felony counts of Sexual Intercourse Without Consent.
Stillwater County Attorney-Elect Nancy Rohde told Jones that Hinkle is facing similar charges in Yellowstone County, for which he has been in the Yellowstone County Detention Facility since June 2014. Rohde requested -- and was granted -- a bail amount of $25,000 that runs concurrent to the bail set in the Yellowstone County case.
According to Yellowstone County Detention Facility staff, Hinkle is also being held on a Yellowstone County charge of felony sexual assault with bond set at $15,000, as well as a contempt charge from Laurel.
According to court documents, the sexual assault occurred in March 2013 when a 13-year-old girl was allegedly given marijuana and raped by Hinkle, who was 18 at that time, despite her pleas for him to stop.
A second assault involving a second victim allegedly occurred in July 2013 during a camping trip at Itch-Kep-Pe Park. The victim told a friend she had initially tried to stop the assault but that Hinkle told her to “go with it” and threatened “to go after anyone” who was told about the assault, according to court documents.
A third assault involving a 14-year-old girl was also reported to law enforcement to have occurred during that same camping trip. That victim said she willingly had sex with Hinkle.
When questioned by law enforcement, Hinkle admitted to having sexual intercourse with two of the girls but stated “all the girls wanted to have sexual intercourse with him because he was cool, he was the drug dealer in Columbus, and the girls looked up to him,” according to court documents.