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A Berkeley man is set to go before an Alameda County Superior Court judge Thursday to determine whether a rape charge against him will move ahead to trial.

Nelson Massengale, 20, was arrested by police in September in connection with allegations that he forced an acquaintance of his to have intercourse.

The Alameda County district attorney’s office charged Massengale on Sept. 17 with forcible rape, and he entered a not guilty plea in the case Sept. 29.

According to court papers, Massengale went to the home of a woman he knew in mid-August to watch a movie with her. They kissed, but the woman told him repeatedly she did not want to have sex with him because she “did not think it was a good idea.”

Police say Massengale forcibly touched the woman without permission, and later forced her to have sex.

According to court papers, after the woman was able to get away from Massengale, he asked her “Did I go too far?”

Massengale was released from custody shortly after his arrest after posting a $100,000 bond.

If convicted, he could be sent to prison, according to court documents.

The preliminary hearing is scheduled to take place at 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, at the Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse in downtown Oakland. During the preliminary hearing, the judge determines whether there is enough evidence in the case for it to move forward to trial.

Read more about sexual assaults in Berkeley. Find resources online for survivors of sexual violence.

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Emilie Raguso (former senior editor, news) joined Berkeleyside in 2012 and covered politics, public safety and development until her departure in 2022. In 2017, Emilie was named Journalist...