A Puyallup man accused of licking a Conoco clerk’s face pleaded not guilty on Monday in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Rodney Boban, 39, allegedly grabbed the woman around the waist, licked her face, pulled her into the cooler, and told her to take off her pants in April at the Ninth Avenue gas station, according to court records. Police said the man also had cocaine and meth with him.

The woman told him to stop, and he eventually did and left the store, records stated.

Boban was arrested for investigation of fourth-degree assault with sexual motivation and controlled-substance possession.

His trial is scheduled for July 22. 

Emily Thornton can be reached at emilythornton@wwub.com or 509-526-8325.

Emily Thornton covers courts and emergency services, as well as other various stories. She has been in the newspaper industry off and on since roughly 1999 and lived primarily on the West Coast, but also Florida and Europe.

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