Ex-USU player to remain in jail after being arraigned in court on rape charges

Torrey Green makes his initial appearance, with his lawyer Skye Lazaro, in 1st District Court on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Logan, Utah. Green who played football at Utah State University has been charged with aggravated kidnapping, forcible sexual abuse, and four counts of rape. (Eli Lucero/Court Pool)

LOGAN — A judge has set a bail hearing for former USU football player Torrey J. Green, who’s accused of raping at least five women while he was a student.

Green was arraigned in 1st District Court Tuesday morning. He stood in handcuffs and shackles as he told Judge Thomas Willmore that he wished to waive his right to a speedy trial.

Defense attorney Skye Lazaro asked the court for a bail hearing to determine if the defendant could be released from jail. Green is currently being held without bail since being arrested in California and transported back to Logan. 

Judge Willmore scheduled the hearing for December 13.

During a press conference later, Cache County Attorney James Swink said prosecutors are going to present evidence that Green should remain in jail.

“Given the number of reported sexual assaults and the information we have, we believe that we could put on substantial evidence that he is a danger to the community,” said Swink.

Green has been charged with four counts of rape and one count of aggravated kidnapping, all first-degree felonies, also forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony.

Swink said prosecutors have filed five cases against Green and are currently investigating more allegations.

“Previously to filing the five criminal charges, we had nine reports of sexual assault. Two of those victims did not want to go forward with the criminal process. We respect their rights. There were others that we could not file because we did not have substantial evidence, we didn’t have the evidence we needed to go forward and carry our burden of proof.”

Prosecutors may file charges from one more case, depending upon the ongoing investigations by multiple law enforcement agencies.

After the court appearance, outside the courtroom, defense attorney Lazaro would not comment on the charges or speculate about the evidence. She said Green has not spoken much about the allegations and is just trying to process what is happening.

“He seems to be holding up pretty well,” said Lazaro. “I spent some time with him on Sunday. So he’s hanging in there.”

Green was dropped by the Atlanta Falcons in August after the allegations against him came to light. The alleged assaults took place between November 2013 and January 2016 in Logan and North Logan.

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