A 42-year-old St. Joseph man is due back in court later this month to face charges of 2nd-degree statutory rape after his first appearance Tuesday.
Manuel Ramos-Velasquez faces one class-c felony count in Buchanan County after the incident more than a year ago.
In court documents, a police officer cites witness statements asserting Ramos-Velasquez had sexual intercourse with the victim in December of 2015.
The defendant has been released from jail after posting $25,000 cash bail. He told Associate Circuit Judge Rebecca Spencer he hasn’t had a chance to speak with an attorney.
Judge Spencer entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf, and scheduled the case for the preliminary hearing docket February 23.