Judge binds frat member over to face charges of raping two girls

Jason Relopez talks to his lawyer Shannon Demler in 1st District Court during a preliminary hearing on Thursday. Relopez was bound over to stand trial for rape and aggravated sexual assault.

LOGAN — A judge has ordered a 27-year-old fraternity member to face charges that he allegedly assaulted and raped two girls.

Jason B. Relopez appeared in 1st District Court Thursday morning as state prosecutors presented evidence in the case. He currently faces two charges of aggravated sexual assault and rape, both first-degree felonies. A charge of aggravated kidnapping was dismissed as state prosecutors said it merged into the rape charge.

One of the victims described how Relopez allegedly assaulted her on the night of October 13, 2014, while the two were doing homework in her residence. She said he sat on her legs and held her arms back while the assault took place.

The victim claimed she never consented to having sex with him saying she told Relopez no three times, telling him she didn’t want do it.

A second victim said she was raped five-or-six times by Relopez on the night of July 11, 2015, after she and some friends went to the Sigma Chi fraternity house. The girl said she been drinking earlier that night when the two started making out in his bedroom. She claimed, he then slapped her across the face and told her he would “win tonight” because he was stronger than her.

She went onto say that Relopez tried to choke her as he continued raping her and then asked her to choke him. She said it was like a demon had possessed his body.

She told the court she was able to leave his bedroom early the next morning and found bruises and scratches on her arms, neck and breasts. Prosecutors presented pictures of the injuries as evidence.

Defense attorney Shannon Demler said outside the courtroom that he believes this is a case where both the victims consented to have sex with Relopez but later regretted their decisions.

“Obviously there is no justification for rape or something like that if it happens,” said Demler. “But, people have to take a little bit of responsibility for going and getting drunk, going to parties and being so drunk they can’t remember what happened and things such as that.”

Relopez was ordered to remain in jail. Judge Brian Cannell set a bail hearing for August 25.

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