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Man accused of raping Temecula women pleads not guilty


Last updated 5/24/2019 at 4:40pm

Riverside County Sheriff's Department

Mark Richard Neeley of Temecula pleaded not guilty today to sexually assaulting three women.

MURRIETA - A 36-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting three women in Temecula pleaded not guilty on Friday, May 24 to multiple counts of rape and other offenses.

Mark Richard Neeley of Temecula was arrested May 17 following a Riverside County sheriff's investigation at a townhouse complex in the 44000 block of Bellflower Lane.

Along with four counts of forcible rape, Neeley is charged with one count of sodomy of a victim under duress, false imprisonment, possession of an assault rifle, carrying a firearm without a license and sentence-enhancing allegations of targeting multiple victims in sex crimes.

The defendant was arraigned before Superior Court Judge Stephen Gallon, who scheduled a felony settlement conference for June 28 at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta. Neeley is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Byrd Detention Center.

According to sheriff's officials, in the predawn hours last Friday, a woman, identified in court documents only as "L.C.,'' called 911 reporting that she had been sexually assaulted in her townhouse.

Detectives spoke with the woman and gathered evidence at the scene, which pointed to Neeley as the alleged assailant, according to the sheriff's department. The defendant was located in a nearby residence and taken into custody without a struggle.

According to investigators, during a search of his property, additional evidence was seized that indicated Neeley was allegedly involved in other assaults on women.

Two other victims were identified, one allegedly sexually assaulted on July 5, 2017, and another on Feb. 12, 2018, both in the same area, according to court papers.

Investigators did not disclose whether the suspect was acquainted with all three women or if he may have targeted them at random.

Neeley has no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County.


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