Judge orders Ex-USU player to remain in jail without bail on rape charges

Skye Lazaro, attorney for Former Utah State University linebacker Torrey Green. Green will remain in the Cache County jail. First District Judge Brian Cannell denied bail to Green based on two witness testimonies and information in affidavit, Tuesday, December 13, 2016 during his bail hearing. Green is charged with six counts of rape, one count of forcible sex abuse and one count of aggravated kidnapping.

LOGAN — A judge has ordered former Utah State football player Torrey Green to remain in jail without bail, as the 22-year-old faces multiple allegations of rape.

Judge Brian Cannell’s ruling came after a two-hour bail hearing in 1st District Court, Tuesday afternoon. He said based off the warrant affidavits he signed in October, and the testimony given by investigators during the hearing, it showed Green would be a substantial risk to the community if released.

Outside the courtroom, defense attorney Skye Lazaro said even though the judge ruled against her client, there was a lot of good that came out of the hearing.

“There was some good cross-examination,” explained Lazaro. “There is still some additional information that hasn’t been provided to us that we will be requesting.”

During the hearing, prosecutors called two investigators to testify about the investigations into Green. They described how the victims claimed they were raped by the defendant shortly after meeting him on campus or through a dating app. All but one of the assaults took place at his apartment, between November 2013 and November 2015.

The investigators also testified that each of the victims said they told Green “no,” as he made advances toward them. In six of the cases the girls were raped. The other case, Green attempted to remove the victim’s clothes but she was able to resist and escape to a bathroom.

During the testimony, Green was seen shaking his head at times and speaking to Lazaro. He became emotional as she told the court about his family and said despite the evidence presented in the hearing, he is still presumed innocent.

Outside the courtroom, Lazaro said she had met with Green’s family Monday night and they are standing behind him.

“They are obviously very sad. He is very close with his family, so it’s been hard on all of them. But they have remained supportive and he continues to assert his innocence in this and they are standing behind him on that.” 

Green has been charged with six counts of rape and aggravated kidnapping, all first-degree felonies, and forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony. He has pleaded not guilty to each charge.

Green was ordered to appear again in court for a three-day preliminary hearing to begin March 29. At that time, prosecutors will present additional testimony and Judge Cannell will determine if there is substantial evidence to show the crimes occurred.

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