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Nine Mile Falls man acquitted of rape, kidnapping, burglary

From staff reports

A Nine Mile Falls man accused of raping a woman he met on a dating site was acquitted in July of last year on charges of rape, kidnapping and burglary. A mistrial was declared on charges of second degree assault and the charges were later dropped.

Michael R. Henry, 32, was arrested in February 2019 on the charges.

While his arrest was reported, his acquittal was not.

“Our client simply wishes to put this incident behind them and move on with their lives,” a letter from Henry’s lawyer read.

Henry and the woman had been in a relationship for about two weeks when they went on a date at Northern Quest Casino. They began fighting, according to court documents, and the woman accused him of sexually assaulting her later that night.

The woman made a report and had a sexual assault examination done. The victim told police she was scared to report the incident because Henry had told her he was a police officer in the Air Force.

At Henry’s trial in July a jury found him not guilty.

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