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Anthony Mayfield Utley (Courtesy Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)
Anthony Mayfield Utley (Courtesy Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)

A 33-year-old James City County man has pleaded not guilty to several charges filed against him after a woman told police he forced her to the floor in December and raped her.

Anthony Mayfield Utley entered the not guilty pleas Wednesday to one count of rape, one count of forcible sodomy, one count of abduction and one count of forcible object sexual penetration.

He will be tried by a judge in September.

Police arrested Utley in December, a few days after the rape allegedly occurred. Investigators believe Utley and the woman — who knew each other — were arguing at a home in Carter’s Village in Grove when he forced her to the floor. He is also believed to have thrown a coffee maker at a window during the fight.

The woman was hospitalized with injuries to her neck, breasts, arms, legs and vaginal area. Utley appeared in a closed hearing in March, where the charges were sent to a grand jury for consideration.

The grand jury certified the charges, setting up Wednesday’s hearing in Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court.

During the hearing, Circuit Court Judge Michael McGinty agreed to allow for up to $3,000 to be spent on an expert nurse and up to $2,000 for a private investigator, both of whom will aid in Utley’s defense during his trial.

He will be tried at 9 a.m. Sept. 15.

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