Salem man to change rape plea, lawyer


Staff Writer

LISBON – Anthony Mehno, the Salem man who pleaded guilty to sexual battery in November and was scheduled for sentencing Friday, was granted a motion to change attorneys and reverse his plea.

Attorney Kenneth Lewis will replace Rhys Cartwright-Jones at Mehno’s request. Lewis was granted a 90-day request to get familiar with the case. New court dates were set for May 3 for final status and May 14 for a jury trial.

Mehno, 26, East Fourth Street, Salem, is charged with rape, sexual battery and unlawful sexual contact with a minor. Court documents allege on April 29, 2010 Mehno was involved in sexual conduct with a teen between the ages of 13 and 16.

Although he did not oppose the change of counsel, Assistant County Prosecutor Timothy McNicol pointed out the victim in the case was in attendance in the court room and deserves to see the case move “expeditiously.”

Lewis had asked for the 90-day extension, noting he had just received the case file and it was too early to determine if he would be filing any additional motions in the case. Additionally, McNicol noted the date may have to be moved again if the physician he plans to call to testify cannot fit the trip into his schedule. The physician has relocated to Idaho since the case began. The secret indictment was issued in late 2011.