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Pretrial hearing set for October in multiple rape case

Posted: August 30, 2012 12:53 p.m.
Updated: August 30, 2012 12:53 p.m.

A Valencia man accused of 34 sex-related charges with 17 victims will appear Oct. 1 for a pretrial hearing, officials said Thursday.

Michael Downs , 20, entered a plea of not guilty in February. Downs appeared in court today and had his case continued until October.

Downs was arrested in December 2011 after some local girls accused him of performing sexual acts with them, investigators said at the time. During the investigtion, additional alleged victims came forward.

The alleged victims are all Santa Clarita Valley residents, Sheriff’s Department officials have said.

Downs remains in custody with bail set at $1.8 million.




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