A Walla Walla man pleaded not guilty to first-degree child rape on Monday in court.

Stephen L. Cleveland, 21, already pleaded not guilty to first-degree child assault on May 20, after being arrested May 7, along with his girlfriend, Jenean A. Lucero, 25.

The woman’s two young children were taken to Providence St. Mary Medical Center on May 6 with multiple injuries police believe were caused by the couple. The pair have been at the Walla Walla County Jail in lieu of $75,000 bail apiece.

Their trials were scheduled for June 24. Cleveland’s bail was changed on Friday to $176,000, after he was charged with the new crime Thursday.

Details of the rape case are being withheld from publication to protect the identity of the victim.

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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