Denver airport rape suspect advised of charges

AP News
Posted: Apr 21, 2011 3:28 PM
Denver airport rape suspect advised of charges

A former Marine suspected of raping a 22-year-old woman at Denver International Airport has been advised of a sexual assault charge filed against him.

Twenty-six-year-old Noel Bertrand of Portland, Ore., appeared Thursday in court in Denver. He was assigned a public defender but the lawyer didn't immediately return a call seeking comment.

Bertrand is accused of assaulting a woman just after midnight on April 12 after she missed a flight. Authorities say the woman met a man at an airport restaurant and was attacked at an empty gate. They say airline employees on the tarmac saw the attack through a window and intervened.

Bertrand served in the Marines from 2003 to 2009. He served as a security guard and was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.