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Trial of Capitol Hill photographer charged with rape set to begin

The trial of Matt Hickey, the Capitol Hill gadfly, photographer, and freelancer accused of rape through fake porn “auditions,” is scheduled to begin November 27th.

Barring any further continuance, prosecutors hope to charge Hickey with four separate counts of second degree rape. Hickey’s initial October 2016 court date postponed due to Hickey’s refusal to waive the extradition process as he sat in a Nevada jail. His first appeared in court November 29th, 2016 where pleaded not guilty. Hickey remains jailed on $200,000 bail.

The Stranger’s Sydney Brownstone first investigated and revealed Hickey’s alleged rape and scams last year. The Los Angeles Times highlighted Brownstone’s work in a story on the case last week.

SPD’s investigation turned up more alleged rapes since 2001. Hickey, meanwhile, claims sexual contact with the victims was consensual.

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