Frat member accused of raping two women going to trial

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 five-day trial has been scheduled for a 27-year-old suspended fraternity member accused of assaulting and raping two women.

Jason B. Relopez appeared in 1st District Court Tuesday morning. He faces two charges of aggravated sexual assault and rape, both first-degree felonies.

Relopez’s attorney, Shannon Demler told the court he and prosecutors had been unable to come to a resolution in the case. He asked Judge Brian Cannell to schedule the case for a jury trial.

Relopez was arrested July 21 after a woman claimed he raped her multiple times while she was attending a party at the Sigma Chi fraternity house, near Utah State University. A second victim later reported also being sexually assaulted by him October 13, 2014, while the two were doing homework in her residence.

Previously, defense attorney Demler said he believed this was a case where both the victims consented to have sex with Relopez but later regretted their decisions.

Judge Cannell scheduled the jury trial to begin February 8, 2016, and ordered Relopez to appear again in court January 5 for a final pretrial conference.

Relopez remains in jail on a $500,000 bail. He has been suspended from the fraternity and USU since being arrested.

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