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Portland man in jail accused of 2011 rape pleads ‘not guilty’ to another rape charge from May

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A Portland man who was already in jail accused in a rape case dating back to 2011 is now facing charges stemming from an assault this past May.

Curtis Williams pleaded not guilty in court Monday morning in an appearance that may not have happened due to a backlog in rape test kits.

Williams was arrested this past June on a 2011 rape case, an arrest that came only after a victim's rape kit was finally processed six years later.

While in jail, police say they were able to use DNA from that rape kit to connect Williams to a much more recent rape case.

Police contend that Williams offered a homeless woman a motel room then held her there against her will and raped her this past May.

Williams is facing charges of first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy, first-degree sex abuse and coercion for the incident in May.

Investigators said they're working to close a number of sex crimes cases that have been delayed because of a backlog in rape kit testing.

A recent grant to the Multnomah County District Attorney's office is now paying for the processing of those kits.

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