Charges filed against USU student after woman claims she was raped on Old Main Hill

Grove of trees on the south-west side of Old Main Hill.  

LOGAN — State attorneys have filed rape charges against a 20-year-old Utah State University student and fraternity member, after a woman claimed the man raped her on Old Main Hill, in September 2015. Scott R. Simmons was charged Tuesday with rape, a first-degree felony, and forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony. A judge has issued a warrant for his arrest.

USU Police reports show Simmons met the then-18-year-old woman during a party that was being thrown by the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. The two spoke briefly and exchanged phone numbers.

Allison Berg is the alleged victim and agreed to speak with News Talk KVNU. She said Simmons came to her dorm room after the party, around 2:30 a.m. The two walked to the amphitheater, on Old Main Hill where he assaulted her.

“He began to kiss me and then things progressively got worse,” Berg explained. “He began to try to take my clothes off. I continued to say, ‘No, I don’t want to do this,’ and resisting and things like that. He didn’t listen to my wishes and I guess without going into too much detail, eventually he had sex with me, when I did not want him to.”

Berg told police she was confused afterwards and didn’t really know what to say to Simmons. She was also worried about getting pregnant, according to reports. She told several people that night about the rape but waited for over 18-months to report it to officers on campus.

Berg said the whole experience left her scared and in shock for some time.

“No one goes to college and expects to get raped. We all hear nightmare stories of how common it is and this happens to so many people, but you never expect that it’s going to be you.”

Police spoke to Simmons while investigating the assault. After first denying the allegations, he later admitted to it, blaming his actions on being a horny freshman and Berg being intoxicated.

Simmons later wrote an apology letter intended for Berg that was given to police. In it he said, “What happened was my fault, you were intoxicated and could not consent. I took advantage of you when I should not have.”

Berg said she hopes that coming forward will help other victims know that they are not alone.

“I would encourage them first and foremost to get help. Reporting is great but if you are not emotionally ready for that then you’re not ready and nobody should force you or pressure you to do that, because you’ve already been forced and pressured enough.

So for me, I needed a year-and-a-half before I was ready to report, and for other people it might be longer or it might be shorter, and it might be never. I would encourage them to get help and to know that they are never alone.”

Simmons is reportedly still enrolled at the university. Court records show he has not yet hired an attorney.

The latest incident joins multiple other high-profile sexual assault cases in recent years. In April, former USU football player <a href=”http://www.cachevalleydaily.com/news/local/article_35061b7e-253b-11e7-b32b-cb5c88fbd006.html” target=”_blank”>Torrey Green</a> was ordered to stand trial on sexual allegations involving seven women.

In 2015, a former fraternity president at the school, <a href=”http://www.cachevalleydaily.com/news/local/article_c32b760e-a2bc-11e5-a73d-637f9651a319.html” target=”_blank”>Ryan Wray</a>, was sentenced to six-months in jail after pleading guilty to a reduced felony charge of molesting a woman at a party.

A year later, former student <a href=”http://www.cachevalleydaily.com/news/local/article_73023f0c-2753-11e6-a0c0-938d68c6f68d.html” target=”_blank”>Jason Relopez</a> was ordered to serve one-year in jail and undergo sex offender treatment for admittedly raping two USU students at his fraternity.

<hr /><p style=”text-align: center;”>will@cvradio.com

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