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An Oregon man accused of repeatedly raping a female infant and recording the attacks has pleaded not guilty to all 25 felony counts against him.
Edd Sterling Lahar, 30, was formally charged Friday at the Benton County Circuit Court with three counts of first-degree rape, seven counts of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct, one count of first-degree sodomy, seven counts of first-degree sex abuse and seven counts of encouraging child sex abuse in the first degree, according to The Corvallis Gazette-Times.
His attorney, Michael Flinn, entered the pleas of not guilty on behalf of his client.
Lahar was arrested Jan. 31 after Corvallis Police received a tip that he had sexually explicit images of a child on his cell phone. After executing a search warrant, police discovered “additional evidence” of sex crimes against a female infant and made the arrest, they said in a statement.
The abuse allegedly began when the child was less than two months old and continued until the infant was nearly nine months old, according to KEZI.
He was initially arrested on suspicion of 99 criminal offenses, but the district attorney’s office opted to formally charge him on the 25 felony counts.
If convicted on the charges, Benton County District Attorney John Haroldson told KEZI that Lahar could face life in prison.
Lahar’s attorney said he plans to mount a vigorous defense of his client.
Lahar, whose next scheduled court appearance is March 5, remains in the Benton County Jail on a $10 million bail.
[Photo: Benton County Jail]
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