Deen Castronovo, Drummer For Rock Band Journey, Charged With Rape, Denied Bail

Journey drummer Deen Castronovo has officially been arraigned on charges of rape, and multiple other crimes, in an Oregon courthouse, People is reporting. He has been denied bail.

As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Castronovo was first arrested on June 14 and charged with menacing and aggravated assault after an argument with a woman. At the time, he posted bail and was released. However, since his release, the 50-year-old has allegedly committed other crimes against the woman, including forcible rape and additional charges of menacing, among others. Based on the new charges, Circuit Judge Audrey Broyles denied Castronovo bail, according to the Statesman Journal.

The additional charges against Castronovo include five counts of fourth-degree assault, one count of second-degree criminal mischief, one count of first-degree rape, two counts of menacing, one count of second-degree assault, one count of second-degree sex abuse, one count of unlawful use of a weapon, one count of coercion, and three counts of contempt of court. The alleged crimes, including the initial charges and the charges since Castronovo initially posted bail, took place between April 25 and June 29, 2015.

Although some sources are not identifying Castronovo’s alleged victim, TMZ has stated that the victim of the crimes was Deen’s wife.

Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Gardiner states that, while he was free on bail, Castronovo allegedly texted his victim 122 times and called her 35 times.

“The texts ranged from threats to kill himself, that she hates him, that he hates her. They were sorrowful and vengeful — several also said he wanted to see her suffer for what ‘she has done,’ to him.”

Gardiner also stated that allowing Castronovo to post bail would put the victim at risk of further harm by him.

“He will disregard the court order. His continued threats and contact presents a risk to be released.”

Castronovo has had a history of running afoul of the law. In 2012, Deen was charged with interfering with a police report, reckless endangerment, harassment, and second degree criminal mischief following an incident with a woman who was later identified as his ex-girlfriend.

The band Journey, meanwhile, has moved on from Castronovo, at least for the time being. In a statement on the band’s Facebook page, Journey announced that they have hired Omar Hakim as their temporary drummer through August 6.

Deen Castronovo had been with Journey since 1998.

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