RICHMOND — A Berea man accused of the rape of a mentally handicapped woman over the weekend was arraigned Monday on kidnapping and rape charges.
Pablo de Jesus Martinez, 31, was charged Saturday with the kidnapping and rape of the 18-year-old woman, according to Madison County court records.
A not-guilty plea was entered for Martinez during his arraignment. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Sept. 7, at which time a judge will determine whether there is probable cause to send the case to a grand jury for possible indictment.
Martinez picked up the woman along U.S. 25, then took her in his Ford Ranger pickup truck to a location in Berea and raped her in a portable toilet, according to an arrest record. The alleged rape happened at 10 a.m. Saturday, according to the court record.
The woman was later treated at St. Joseph-Berea Hospital, where evidence was collected, the court record said.
Martinez was found in the parking lot of America's Best Value Inn in Berea, according to an arrest report filed by a Madison County deputy sheriff.
The court record did not indicate how the deputy was able to link Martinez to the kidnapping and rape. The sheriff's office did not provide any information Monday; however, Martinez was wanted on an outstanding warrant for contempt of court.
Martinez also was charged with driving under the influence and not having a driver's license.
He remains in the Madison County jail in lieu of $20,000 cash bond.