Bail set at $1 million for rape suspect

October 15, 2013 

— Bail was set at $1 million Tuesday for a Meridian man accused of raping a woman he met online.

Fourth District Ada County Magistrate Theresa Gardunia also ordered Jeremy E. Threatt, 26, to undergo a mental evaluation to see if he's competent to stand trial.

The defendant faced Gardunia in a video arraignment broadcast to court from the Ada County Jail.

Threatt was arrested Sunday after a woman he'd met online said he raped her at his Meridian home earlier that day. He was charged with rape and forcible penetration with a foreign object, both felonies.

If convicted, Threatt faces up to life in prison on each of the counts. The rape charge carries a one-year minimum sentence.

Prosecutors said Threatt threatened the victim if she went to police. She ran out of the house, went to the hospital and notified Meridian police the day of the attack, Meridian police Lt. Jamie Leslie said.

Threatt was previously convicted of unlawful entry and telephone harassment.

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