Two men were arraigned in Siskiyou County Superior Court on Monday on charges of rape and both entered pleas of not guilty.

Jeffrey Omega Williams, a 21-year-old Weed resident, and Johnson Sivongsa, also 21 of Weed, were arrested on July 16 on the charges that stem from a party held in October 2007 that was attended by students from College of the Siskiyous, according to Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department Captain Jim Betts.

An 18-year-old female was allegedly raped at the party.

Williams faces charges of rape in concert with force/violence, oral copulation in concert with force/etc., rape by force/fear/etc., false imprisonment with violence/etc. and rape of a drugged victim.

Sivongsa is being charged with rape in concert with force/violence, two counts of oral copulation in concert with force/etc. and seven counts of false imprisonment with violence/etc.

Betts said the investigation of the incident is ongoing and more arrests are expected to be made.

Judge Laura Masunaga presided over the July 19 arraignment hearing.

Public defender Andrew Marx and defense attorney William Duncan requested their clients be released on their own recognizance, but the requests were denied. Bail for each of the men was set at $250,000.

Both men are scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on Friday, July 30 at 8:30 a.m.

Betts said it took so long to bring the case to prosecution for several reasons. First, there are multiple suspects. In addition, both sides are waiting on results of lab work and a large amount of evidence. Finally, the district attorney’s office had requested some follow-up information that takes time to attain.

Further details about the incident are not being released at this time because of the ongoing investigation, Betts said.