Former frat member and USU student sent to jail for raping 2 women appears in court again

LOGAN — Jason Relopez appeared again in 1st District Court Tuesday, seven months into his one-year jail sentence for raping two women. The 28-year-old former Sigma Chi fraternity member was ordered in May of last year to also undergo sex offender treatment therapy. The jail sentence and treatment was part of a plea agreement the defendant accepted in February of last year, when he pleaded guilty to attempted rape, a first-degree felony and attempted forcible sexual abuse, a third-degree felony.

Under conditions of the agreement, Judge Brian Cannell sentenced Relopez to retake a PPG test that determines the likelihood of reoffending. If the results show he is low risk he could receive early release. However, if the results showed moderate or high risk, he would be sent to prison. Previous test results had been invalid.

Relopez was ordered to appear in court because prosecutors alleged that he hadn’t retaken the test.

Defense attorney Shannon Demler said his client had opted to just serve the one year in jail. He said Relopez would take the test again around the first of May, for treatment purposes before he is sent to the Northern Utah Community Correctional Center (NUCC).

Judge Cannell reminded Relopez that he must successfully complete the NUCC program before he can be released. He also ordered him to be held in jail until space is available at the center.

Relopez was arrested July 21, 2015, 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.

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