Utah football player Terrell Perriman makes initial court appearance on rape, kidnapping charges; first hearing is Feb. 18

(photo courtesy Salt Lake County Jail) Terrell Perriman

Terrell Perriman’s initial court appearance Thursday morning did not produce anything out of the ordinary.

The University of Utah redshirt freshman wide receiver, who was arrested on the morning of Jan. 30 and later charged with first-degree felony rape and third-degree felony aggravated kidnapping of a 17-year-old girl, went before a judge for the first time via video from Salt Lake County Jail.

A Rule 16 Discovery Request was made and a new court date of Feb. 18 was set. At that time, Perriman will stand before Judge Chelsea Koch at the Third District Court in West Jordan. Perriman will remain in Salt Lake County Jail on $750,000 bail.

A Rule 16 Discovery Request is a standard motion that defense attorneys file asking prosecutors to give them all of the evidence that they have.

When asked about the Perriman situation on Wednesday afternoon during his National Signing Day press conference, Utes coach Kyle Whittingham balked.

“I made the statement on that, and due to the nature of the nature of the investigation, what’s going on, I’m precluded from saying anything or comment in any way, shape or form,” Whittingham said.

Perriman was immediately suspended from the team last week, but as of Thursday afternoon, he remained on Utah’s official roster.

A statement describing the probable cause for his arrest alleges that he met the girl on Instagram and then the two connected on Snapchat. The teenager told police, according to court documents, that Perriman pressured her to send him nude photos and that he sent her several sexually graphic videos and a picture.

On Jan. 23, the girl said Perriman sent her an Uber ride so she could come to his apartment. Once she was there, charges allege, he trapped her in his room and wouldn’t let her leave. The teen told police she was afraid after she saw that Perriman had a stun gun.

She asked him if she could go, according to court documents, and he said only after she had sexual contact with him. She told him she didn’t want to and that she was only 17 and in high school. Perriman allegedly blocked the door, took her cellphone and covered her mouth while she screamed. She tried to bite him.

The girl said he then pulled his pants down and forced her out of hers and raped her, according to court documents. Perriman then ordered another Uber and sent the teen home, according to the probable cause statement.

Tribune reporter Courtney Tanner contributed to this story.