Apr 19, 2011 8:14 PM by Stefanie Boe

Man charged with raping woman at DIA

DENVER (AP) - A Portland man suspected of raping a 22-year-old woman at Denver International Airport has been charged with one count of sexual assault.

Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey said Tuesday the charge was filed against 26-year-old Noel Bertrand.

Officials say the woman was assaulted just after midnight on April 12 after missing a flight. They say she met a man at an airport restaurant and was attacked at an empty gate.

Authorities say two airline employees on the tarmac saw the incident through a window and intervened.

Bertrand is being held on a $50,000 bond. His next hearing is Thursday, when a public defender could be named to represent him.

Prosecutors say Bertrand could face up to 12 years in prison if convicted and be denied parole under state sentencing structure.



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