DA: Gearhead Barbershop owner pleads not guilty to felony rape charges

The owner of Gearhead Barbershop in Chico pleaded not guilty Wednesday to felony rape charges.

Posted: Aug 12, 2020 4:28 PM

CHICO, Calif. – The owner of Gearhead Barbershop in Chico pleaded not guilty Wednesday to felony rape charges.

Anthony Eidem was arrested in late April, just a week after he made headlines for reopening his barbershop, against the stay-at-home orders. Eidem is accused of forcible rape and rape by intoxication.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 28, 2020

RELATED: Barbershop owner in Chico arrested on suspicion of rape, DA says

Chico Police officers said in October 2019, they took a report of an alleged sexual assault that occurred at a home in Chico. The investigation was forwarded to the Detective Bureau, who conducted numerous interviews and search warrants, Chico police said in a press release.

After a lengthy investigation, 47-year-old Anthony Joseph Eidem, of Chico, was identified as the suspect in the case.

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