Journey drummer, facing rape charge, ordered to treatment

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Posted: Jul 10, 2015 10:44 PM
Journey drummer, facing rape charge, ordered to treatment

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Journey drummer Deen Castronovo will have to wear an ankle monitoring device and go directly to drug treatment when he is released from jail as he awaits trial on rape and other felony charges.

Marion County Judge Thomas Hart issued the stipulations for Castronovo at a court hearing on Friday, KATU-TV reported (http://bit.ly/1RpgLli ).

Castronovo, 50, was arrested June 14 on misdemeanor assault and menacing charges, then released on bail and ordered not to contact the alleged victim. A grand jury later returned more serious charges, including rape. Castronovo was jailed again after authorities said he called and texted the woman with messages that included suicide threats and apologies.

In court on Friday, Castronovo blamed drug addiction for his actions and said they had cost him greatly. "Loss of my job. Loss of my freedom," he said.

The judge set bail at $200,000. Castronovo likely won't be released from jail for treatment until Monday or Tuesday.

Castronovo's attorney expects him to remain in treatment until his trial in October.

In 2012, Castronovo was sentenced to 80 hours of community service and ordered to attend anger-management classes after an episode of domestic violence.

Castronovo has been with Journey since 1998, when he replaced Steve Smith — the drummer on the group's best-known songs, including "Don't Stop Believin.' "