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Former USU linebacker Torrey Green arrested, charged with 4 counts of rape in 5 alleged attacks from 2013-2015

First Published      Last Updated Dec 13 2016 05:27 pm


Torrey Green » The former football star, waived by the Atlanta Falcons after the news broke of the rape investigation, is arrested in California and could face a life sentence.

Former Utah State University linebacker Torrey Green was charged Thursday in five separate criminal cases, accused of raping or sexually assaulting five women in two years in Cache County.

Green, 22, was charged in 1st District Court with four counts of first-degree felony rape, as well as first-degree felony aggravated kidnapping and second-degree felony forcible sexual abuse.

The Cache County Attorney's Office said it investigated nine separate allegations.

Four of those alleged victims went to police in 2015, and their stories were reported by The Salt Lake Tribune in July. Thursday's charges involve three of those women, plus two women who appear to have reported to police since July.




Green was arrested Thursday in California.

If convicted of any of the rape or kidnapping charges, Green faces a maximum penalty of up to life in prison, while the sex abuse count carries a maximum penalty of one-to-15-years behind bars.

The charges describe attacks between November 2013 and November 2015. Three cases were investigated by North Park Police, according to court records, while two were handled by the Logan Police Department.

Court dates likely won't be scheduled until Green is extradited to Utah to face the charges.

Zack Teperman, of Los Angeles-based ZTPR, represents Green and had no immediate comment. He has previously said Green "has complete faith that any further investigation will prove his complete innocence and he will be exonerated."

Green began classes at Utah State in 2011, has since graduated and remained on campus through spring 2016. In April 2016, he signed a free agent contract with the Atlanta Falcons. The NFL team waived him in August after learning that he was the subject of multiple sex assault investigations.

In July, Cache County prosecutors began re-examining the cases reported in 2015. Those investigations had languished and two of the cases had not been sent to prosecutors, according to police reports accessed by The Tribune in May.

Court documents included these descriptions of the alleged assaults:

• In November 2013, a woman, identified as "M.H." in court papers, alleges that Green raped her in his North Logan apartment. She told North Park police officers on Sept. 2, 2016, that she met Green on the dating app Tinder, and they met for the first time in a public setting on campus, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. She found him "charming and cute," she told police, and she later went to his apartment where he made her dinner.

M.H. reported that Green then took her into his bedroom, where they watched a movie and he gave her a shoulder massage. When he tried to lift up her shirt, the woman told him no and got off the bed, according to the affidavit.

The woman told police that Green then took off her clothing, got her back onto his bed and raped her.

"She continued telling Torrey to stop and that she didn't want him to do this to her," North Park Police Chief Kim Hawkes wrote in the affidavit. "… At one point, Torey asked her if she was scared, she replied to him that she was."

M.H. told a friend about the alleged assault, according to the affidavit, but did not tell anyone else "until recently when one of her friends brought up Torrey's name because of something they saw in the paper."

• On Oct. 24, 2014, a woman identified in court documents as "L.P." told police, Green assaulted her while they were watching a movie in Green's bedroom.

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