A 47-year-old man is being held on $100,000 bail for allegedly raping a young teen girl after putting a gun to her head and ordering her to get undressed.
John Mark Crowder met the girl when he was hanging out with two of her friends late July 18, prosecutors said.
When the boys passed out after drinking vodka and smoking marijuana with Crowder, the older man reportedly told the girl she looked older than her age and forced her to drink vodka.
Crowder, of Kennewick, pleaded innocent Wednesday in Benton County Superior court to first-degree rape and two counts of distributing a controlled substance to a person under age 18.
His trial is scheduled Sept. 15.
According to court documents, Crowder was at another home when the two boys, ages 15 and 16, walked by. Crowder recognized them and invited the teens to hang out and light off fireworks.
A short time later, Crowder asked the boys in a whisper if they smoked marijuana. When the boys said yes, he drove them to his own nearby home and gave the teens marijuana, which they proceeded to smoke with a bong in Crowder's garage, documents said.
The three returned to the other house and continued to smoke pot while sitting around a fire. All three also took vodka shots together, court documents said.
At 1 a.m., a boy sent a text message to the young teen girl asking if she wanted to join them. The girl agreed to sneak out of her parents' home, and Crowder reportedly drove the boy to pick up the girl.
The girl later told Benton County sheriff's investigators that she did not know Crowder.
After the boys passed out by the fire and the girl said she was forced to drink, she got up and started to walk home but Crowder followed and pulled out a gun she described as a small revolver, documents said. She ignored his demands to undress and get in the back seat of his Jeep, so Crowder allegedly pointed the gun to her head and pulled back on the hammer.
The girl reported that she was then raped inside the vehicle and Crowder only stopped when she vomited on him, court documents said. He kicked her out, and she quickly got dressed and ran home, documents said.
The teen told one of the teen boys and another friend the next day about what allegedly happened inside the Jeep, but sheriff's deputies were not called until she told her mother on July 22.
A search of Crowder's home reportedly turned up numerous firearms, including a small-type revolver in a kitchen cupboard, and marijuana and a bong in the garage.
Online court records show Crowder was charged with second-degree rape in 1989, but it was dismissed less than two months later.