PITTSFIELD -- A North Adams man who allegedly drugged and then raped a teenage girl in May has pleaded not guilty to six charges in Berkshire Superior Court and remains in custody on $50,000 bail.
Brenton C. Rohane, 25, of Union Street, allegedly injected an unknown drug into a 17-year-old female acquaintance in the early morning hours of May 14 and then raped her after she became unconscious.
The woman had come to his house for a visit, drank alcohol and took half of a prescription pill that Rohane had given her after she complained of stress, authorities said.
The teen told police that the pill made her "woozy" and that she fell asleep in Rohane's room only to wake to find Rohane injecting her in the arm with a hypodermic needle. In and out of consciousness, she woke up several more times and was allegedly being raped by Rohane.
She later awoke in Rohane's bed and was half-clothed, left the residence and then went to the hospital, North Adams Police said. A needle mark was allegedly found in her arm.
Rohane was arrested and charged with single counts of rape, drugging a person for sexual intercourse, assault and battery with a hypodermic needle, furnishing alcohol to a minor and two counts of indecent assault and battery.
Judge Mary Lou Rup on Wednesday ordered Rohane to be held on $50,000 bail with the conditions that if released he must have no contact with the complaining witness.
Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Rachael Eramo, who is prosecuting the case, and Rohane's lawyer, Richard D. LeBlanc, agreed on a pretrial hearing date of Dec. 11.
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