February 23, 2010 in City

Man pleads not guilty in church rape case

By The Spokesman-Review
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Michael J. Bosch, 47
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A church worker pleaded not guilty today to a rape charge in which police allege he tied wire around a woman’s face, fastened her to a metal pipe in the basement of a Spokane church and sexually assaulted her.

Michael J. Bosch, 47, appeared before Superior Court Judge Neal Rielly, who accepted the not guilty plea and set a trial date of April 19.

According to court records, Bosch met the woman Feb. 6 on East Sprague before going to Mending Fences Ministry, 1906 E. Sprague Ave., where Bosch worked and had a key.

Bosch smoked crack cocaine, according to court records, before tying a wire around the woman’s face and mouth. He placed a plastic bag over her head and tied her to a pipe prior to the sexual assault, according to those records.

The woman escaped by smashing a window and running to a nearby motor home, where she called police.

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