A Mt. Vernon man has been charged with forcible rape and kidnapping.
Brogan C. McKrola, 22, is accused of rape, sodomy and sexual abuse — all by forcible compulsion — as well as kidnapping, according to information filed in Grant County Circuit Court by District Attorney Jim Carpenter Dec. 21.
Carpenter said in a press release Dec. 23 that McKrola was indicted by a grand jury Dec. 23 on charges of first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy, first-degree sexual abuse, second-degree kidnapping, three counts of strangulation and furnishing alcohol to a minor.
Carpenter said the charges stem from events at a party in the 400 block of Southwest Brent Street in John Day Dec. 19, involving numerous minors and alcohol.
Carpenter said he appreciates the “quick response by Blue Mountain Hospital, (Sgt.) Scott Moore of the John Day Police Department and the Oregon State Police Forensic Unit.”
In a Monday status check hearing, McKrola’s attorney asked Judge Gregory L. Baxter to reduce McKrola’s bail from $750,000 to $50,000. Chief Deputy District Attorney Riccola Voigt requested the court keep the bail amount at $750,000.
Voigt said the police are currently interviewing other potential victims that have come forward with similar allegations.
Baxter reduced the bail amount to $330,000.
The court scheduled a plea hearing at 1:15 p.m. Jan. 19.
Baxter told McKrola not to have any contact with his accuser. He also encouraged McKrola not to discuss the case with anyone but his attorney.
Carpenter said any information about this incident or others can be directed to Moore at 541-575-0030, Director of Victim’s Services Kimberly Neault at 541-575-4026 or Voigt at 541-575-0146.
McKrola also has a court date scheduled at 1 p.m. Feb. 9 for a pending driving under the influence of intoxicants charge in Malheur County.