Preliminary hearing set for Willard man suspected of raping USU student

LOGAN — A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Tyler Call, the 23-year-old man suspected of raping a USU student more than a year ago. He was arrested in April and later charged with rape, a first-degree felony.

Call appeared in 1st District Court Tuesday morning. His defense attorney asked the court for the preliminary hearing, when Judge Brian Cannell will determine if prosecutors have sufficient evidence to bind the suspect over for trial. The hearing was scheduled for February 15.

Police report that Call went with the alleged victim to her room late on the night of Sept. 8. While there, they started off talking to one another from opposite ends of the room and then ended up snuggling on her bed. According to a probable cause statement, he asked her for sex multiple times and she repeatedly told him no. However, he reportedly ignored her and raped her.

The alleged assault was reported to USU on Sept. 10, one day after the incident happened.

Call was interviewed by officers on April 24 at the USU Police Department, before being arrested. He was later released from jail after posting $20,000 bail. He could face up to life in prison if convicted.

Records show, Call is originally from Willard but was living in Logan at the time the allegations occurred.

USU public relations director Tim Vitale said Call was not attending USU at the time and was never enrolled as a student.


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