CORVALLIS, Ore. – An Oregon man was arrested last week for allegedly repeatedly raping an infant girl known to him.
Edd Lahar, 30, recorded himself raping the girl multiple times beginning in June and as recently as January, Benton County prosecutors say.
Authorities in Corvallis, Ore., opened an investigation after receiving a tip that Lahar had child pornography on his cell phone. Investigators obtained a warrant and searched Lahar’s house on Thursday where they found evidence of the crimes, police said.
Lahar was arrested on a litany of charges including first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy, first-degree sexual abuse, using a child in display of sexually explicit conduct, and first-degree encouraging child sexual abuse, The Oregonian reported.
In total, he faces 25 counts of the listed charges.
It wasn’t immediately clear what Lahar’s relationship to the victim was. No further information about the infant’s condition was available.
Lahar appeared in Benton County Circuit Court Friday where he pleaded not guilty, KEZI reported. His bail was set at $10 million, according to the report.
Benton County District Attorney John Haroldson said some of the charges fall under Jessica’s Law and Lahar could face life in prison.
“As a prosecutor, one of our top priorities is to protect our most vulnerable citizens,” Haroldson said. “It’s hard to imagine anyone more vulnerable than an infant.”
Lahar’s attorney, Mike Flinn, told KEZI that the charges against his client are only allegations and they plan on providing a vigorous defense.