Proceedings in rape case delayed by COVID-19 resume

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A new preliminary hearing has been set for 10 a.m. Thursday, October 22, for Ryan I. Mason, 21, Bonners Ferry, on two separate cases alleging three counts of rape after proceedings were delayed due to COVID-19.

A two-day jury trial is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday, November 17.

Mason faces up to life in prison after being charged initially in two separate cases with three counts of rape in 2019, including one count allegedly involving a 15-year old girl. He was also charged for misdemeanor possession of marijuana for residue allegedly found in his pocket while being booked into jail on the warrant for the initial charge.

He pled guilty and served 28 days of a 30 day sentence and paid a fine and court costs.

The first case, filed March 22, alleges that Mason engaged in intercourse with a 15-year-old girl March 21 and a warrant with $25,000 bond was issued. Mason has entered a not guilty plea in that case.

Two additional counts of rape were filed June 14, with bond raised to $50,000.

In the second case, Mason is accused of forcing a female victim who resisted him to perform oral sex on him October 22, 2018. The second count alleges he forced the same victim, who according to court records was resisting and yelling at him to stop, into a car, where he allegedly tore her clothes off and raped her.

Mason, free on bond, faces a minimum of one year to life in prison on each of the rape charges, if convicted on the possession charge he faces up to one year in jail and/or a fine not to exceed $1,000.