Taholah man pleads not guilty to rape


A 48-year-old Taholah man has pleaded not guilty to a second-degree rape charge.

Robert E. James appeared in Grays Harbor Superior Court Monday. He is accused of raping a 32-year-old woman at the Thunderbird Motel in Aberdeen on July 1.

According to court documents, the woman knew James as an acquaintance of her brother and met with James to hang out and watch television. Court documents state she told police that when she tried to leave, James stopped her and raped her. The woman was examined by medical workers. Court documents state she underwent surgery at Grays Harbor Community Hospital as a result of injuries sustained in a sexual assault.

James is held in Grays Harbor County Jail with $200,000 bail.