DIA Rape: Noel Bertrand, 26, Charged In Denver Airport Sexual Assault

04/19/2011 05:31 pm ET | Updated Jun 19, 2011

DENVER — A Portland man suspected of raping a 22-year-old woman at Denver International Airport has been charged with one count of sexual assault.

Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey said Tuesday the charge was filed against 26-year-old Noel Bertrand.

Officials say the woman was assaulted just after midnight on April 12 after missing a flight. They say she met a man at an airport restaurant and was attacked at an empty gate.

Two Frontier Airlines mechanics say they interrupted Bertrand just after midnight April 12 as he was raping and beating a 22-year-old woman near a gate at Concourse A.

The woman, who at the time was stranded at the airport overnight after missing her flight, has since made it to her intended destination: An Illinois convent, according to her father.

"It was important for her to go. There was no other place that she could be that she would get the counseling and reasoning that was going to be important to get her through this," he said.

Bertrand is being held on a $50,000 bond. His next hearing is Thursday, when a public defender could be named to represent him.

Prosecutors say Bertrand could face up to 12 years in prison if convicted and be denied parole under state sentencing structure.

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