LOGAN — Multiple rape charges have been filed against a former Utah State University football player, Torrey J. Green, who has been accused of sexually assaulting five women.
State attorneys filed the cases in 1st District Court Thursday afternoon. They include four counts of rape and one count of aggravated kidnapping, all first-degree felonies, and forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony. The alleged assaults took place between November 2013 and January 2016.
The cases were investigated by Logan City, North Park and USU Police Departments, and the Cache County Sheriff’s Office. Logan City Police Chief Gary Jensen, who oversaw the investigation of two of the cases, said even through there were multiple alleged victims, his officers tried to stay neutral and let the facts lead the investigations.
“Each case has its own set up dynamics, its own set of difficulties,” said Jensen. “Ever case has a victim and every case has a suspect. It’s up to us to figure out how those two situations meld together, and it’s not often easy.”
In a press release, Cache County Attorney James Swink said he appreciated the interagency cooperation between law enforcement in undertaking the thorough and comprehensive investigation of the allegations.
Green has been arrested in California after a judge signed an arrest warrant, ordering him to appear in court for arraignment. He is expected to be extradited back to Utah.
In two of the affidavits, filed by North Park Police Chief Kim Hawkes, one victim described how Green allegedly groped and then raped her as she pleaded with him to stop. Another victim described how she was allegedly raped by Green after she became unconscious at a party.
Police began investigating Green in January 2015. Gary Jensen said it has taken a lot of time as the victims worked with law enforcement.
“That is certainly their right and their prerogative, do I or do I not go forward and make a complaint. Off times there is a period of time between the actual event and the reporting, which may or may not affect the ability to investigate some of the aspects of the crime.”
During the investigation, Utah State University released a statement from President Stan Albrecht that said in part, “we are deeply disturbed by any incident of sexual assault, and we recognize the impact sexual assault has on the lives of victims. Sexual assault not only tragically impacts survivors; it also diminishes the strength of our campus community and our student-centered land-grant mission.”
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