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Tuesday, Jul 29 2014 08:27 AM

Rape case court date pushed to Aug.

The case of a defendant facing rape charges was postponed until August following a hearing on July 23 at the Mojave branch of the Kern County Superior Court.

Judge Cory Woodward continued the case of Scottie Carter, 29, at the request of the public defender representing Carter on July 23.

Jacob Evans, the deputy public defender present, said that a Kern County deputy district attorney had requested time in order to request and look at medical records that could be released to the DA's office.

Woodward granted the rescheduling of a pre-preliminary hearing on Aug. 13 at 11 a.m. and a preliminary hearing at 9 a.m. on Aug. 15 at the Mojave court, 1773 Highway 58.

Tehachapi police officers arrested Carter on June 6 for the alleged rape of a 14-year-old girl.

He faces felony charges of rape by force/fear, sexual penetration by force with a minor, threatening with intent to terrorize, lewd and lascivious acts with a child of 14 years old, assault with intent to commit forcible rape, and false imprisonment.

Carter remains in custody with a bail set at $285,000.

Tehachapi police Sgt. Wyatt Empey, in a June interview, said that Carter was a known suspect from a previous case in 2012 that was dismissed. The difference with the current case was that the victim identified Carter as the suspect in the alleged case, he said.

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