Northcut pleads not guilty to rape charge

Teen charged with five felonies related to alleged attack on ninth-grader

Posted: Wednesday, July 21, 2004

A Juneau teen accused of raping a 14-year-old girl in a high school restroom pleaded not guilty to all charges Tuesday.

David A. Northcut, 18, is charged with five felonies related to an alleged attack on a Juneau-Douglas High School ninth-grade girl on May 28. The indictment against him alleges two counts of first-degree sexual assault.

His trial is scheduled for Oct. 11.

Northcut, who graduated from high school June 6, was arrested on a Juneau warrant on June 16 while trying to enter the United States from Mexico at San Ysidro, Calif., south of San Diego.

At his initial Juneau court appearance on the charges, he told District Magistrate John W. Sivertsen Jr. he would be represented by a San Diego attorney who is able to practice in Alaska. At Tuesday's hearing, he asked Superior Court Judge Patricia Collins to appoint him an attorney.

"The people who were paying for my attorney are no longer paying for him," he said.

After questioning Northcut about his assets and income, Collins appointed the public defender's office to represent him. Assistant Public Defender Julie Willoughby entered not-guilty pleas and requested a jury trial.

Before Northcut returned to the Lemon Creek Correctional Center, Collins ordered his bail continue at $100,000, as set June 9 by Sivertsen.

In addition to the first-degree sexual assault charges, Northcut is charged with two counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor and one count of third-degree sexual abuse of a minor.

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