Preliminary hearing begins for Ex-USU football player accused of rape charges

Former USU linebacker Torrey Green leans over to his attorneys, Rhiannon Mann and Skye Lazaro in the court on Wednesday.  Green is charged with six counts of rape, one count of aggravated kidnapping, three counts of forcible sex abuse and two counts of object rape.

LOGAN — Three alleged victims and five other witnesses testified during the first day of preliminary hearings for Torrey Green, the former Utah State football player accused of raping multiple women while he was a student. The testimony came in 1st District Court Wednesday as prosecutors presented their evidence in three of the seven cases pending against the 23-year-old.

The alleged victim in the first case (M.H.) told the court how she met Green through a dating app. She described him as being cute, tall and charming. She explained that in November 2013, she went to his apartment for dinner. Afterwards they watched a movie in his bedroom.

M.H. claimed, Green offered to give her a massage during the movie but then started to remove her clothes. He continued as she reportedly told him to stop and pushed him away. She explained to the court how he told her, she would really enjoy it, as he raped her.

The second victim (C.D.) later testified how she met Green at the Student Center Marketplace. She said how he seemed nice, and later agreed to go to his apartment in October 2014 to also watch a movie.

C.D. told the court how during the movie Green allegedly began grabbing her as she told him no. She claimed that as she tried to resist, he told her, “I know you like it,” and raped her.

The third alleged victim (L.P.) testified that she also met Green on the same dating app. The woman said she was invited by the defendant, later in October 2014, to watch a movie. She told the court how he seemed like a good guy and talked about his family, while taking her to his North Logan apartment.

L.P. described how when the movie started, Green began forcing himself on her. He said she became terrified as he held her against a wall and pushed his pelvis against hers. She explained to the court how he pursued her into a bathroom as she asked him, what his mother would think about what he was doing. Around that point, Green allegedly stopped and agreed to take her home.

All three victims told the court they were afraid to report their assaults until they heard media reports of other victims, claiming Green allegedly raped them. They also testified about not knowing any of the other victims.

Wednesday’s hearing started two-hours late, after Skye Lazaro, Green’s defense attorney filed a motion to recuse Judge Brian Cannell from the cases. She claimed that since he had signed a search warrant earlier, where prosecutors alleged Lazaro’s office was concealing Green’s cellphones, it showed that he may be bias.

Presiding Judge Thomas Willmore reviewed the motion for an hour and later ruled that there was no prejudice by Judge Cannell towards Lazaro’s office or the defendant. He also criticized prosecutors for filing a search warrant in the way they did.

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

Attorney’s for both sides refused to make any comments following Wednesday’s hearing. Testimony is expected to continue Thursday and run through Friday.

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