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Pendleton man chargd with the rape of a minor

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By The Staff

A Pendleton man has been arrested for allegedly raping and sodomizing a 13 year-old in her grandmother’s house.

Dwayne R. Whitman, 55, of Pendleton was arrested on July 3 and charged with  1st degree rape, 1st degree sodomy and 1st degree sexual abuse with a victim under 12 years of age. The victim disclosed to authorities she had been sexually abused by Whitman from June 2011 to February 2012. Whitman was arrested after his DNA was found in the victim’s bedroom, which corroborated the girl’s account of abuse.

Detective Tim Moore is investigating the case.