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Rape suspect pleads not guilty

Bail set at $500,000 for Gold Hill man accused in rape of teen

A Grants Pass man arrested Wednesday for the alleged rape of a teenage girl in Gold Hill pleaded not guilty during his arraignment Friday in Jackson County Circuit Court

The suspect, Trenton Scott Newman, 34, was lodged in the Jackson County Jail on charges of first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy, tampering with a witness and public indecency, according to Jackson County Circuit Court records.

Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Barnack set Newman’s bail at $500,000. Among conditions for Newman’s release is that he have no contact with the victim or any minors, be tracked by GPS and submit to polygraph tests. As of late Friday afternoon, Newman was still an inmate at the jail.

A Jackson County grand jury indictment against Newman was filed in Jackson County Circuit Court May 11 and a warrant was issued for his arrest May 13.

The witness-tampering charge came from Newman allegedly attempting to keep the victim from testifying against him by threatening her with legal action, according to the indictment.

Detectives with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office allege that Newman met his teenage victim at a local church and sexually assaulted her in the backseat of a car in the 1900 block of McDonough Road in Gold Hill March 13.

Detectives asked that anyone with information related to the suspect or the investigation to call the sheriff’s office tip line at 541-774-8333, and refer to case no. 22-1370.

A pretrial conference has been scheduled in the case for May 31.