Centralia Rape Suspect Held on $100,000 Bail

By The Chronicle

A man was arrested early Saturday morning on suspicion of rape after allegedly becoming violent during what began as a consensual sexual encounter, according to court documents.

Jeremy L. Francis, 34, made his first appearance Monday in Lewis County Superior Court on one count of second-degree rape. 

Superior Court Judge Joely O’Rourke agreed to impose $100,000 bail, in accordance with a request from the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office. 

“The allegations here are very concerning,” she said. 

According to court documents and the Centralia Police Department, at 3:06 a.m. on Saturday, police responded to a location near the intersection of Cherry and Pearl streets to a report of a rape. 

A woman reported she and Francis were having a consensual sexual encounter when Francis allegedly became violent. She told police she told Francis to stop multiple times and he refused. 

The woman later went home and told a family member what happened, and that she believed Francis would follow her home. 

Francis did show up at the residence, according to court documents, and was “detained” by a male member of the alleged victim’s household before police arrived and placed him under arrest. 

Francis’ next court hearing is scheduled for Thursday.