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Man accused of rape at Fairchild

An employee with Fairchild Air Force Base’s Survival Training Center is accused of raping a woman in an interrogation room.

Michael W. Fassbender, 32, is in Spokane County Jail on $20,000 bail after appearing in Spokane County Superior Court via video Wednesday on one count of first-degree rape.

Deputies responded to Fairchild about 1 a.m. Tuesday, where a woman said Fassbender had choked her into unconscious while raping her and that “she feared for her life,” according to a probable cause affidavit.

Deputies found blood on a desk and chair in an interrogation room at the Survival Training Center, and the woman reportedly had red marks and bruises on her arms, chest and legs, according to the affidavit.

Fassbender, who a public defender said has no criminal history, is an employee with SERE Solutions, a Spokane-based company that provides contracted instructors to the military.

A company representative could not be reached for comment.

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