VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A 23-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to orchestrating an attack on a gay man late last year in what San Bernardino County authorities are calling a hate crime.

The Sun newspaper reported Wednesday (http://bit.ly/1w3tI3A) that Ethan Walker entered pleas to charges including assault and criminal threats. He was arrested Sunday.

Sheriff's officials say Walker was among three people who attacked the man and shouted slurs at him. The victim was found badly beaten in a drainage wash in Victorville last October.

Investigators say Walker became enraged after learning that the man, who he had recently befriended, was gay.

The two other defendants, a 22-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy, have also pleaded not guilty.

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