Torrey Green takes the witness stand in his rape trial

Torrey Green testifies during his rape trial, Tuesday, Jan.15, 2019 in Brigham City, Utah. Green is accused of raping multiple women while he was a football player at Utah State University. (Eli Lucero/Court Pool via AP)

BRIGHAM CITY — For the first time since being arrested more than two years ago, Torrey Green was given the chance to tell his story and defend himself publicly against multiple allegations of rape. The 25-year-old former Utah State football player took the witness stand, seven days into his trial.

Prosecuting attorney Spencer Walsh, left, asks a question to Torrey Green during Green’s rape trial, Tuesday, Jan.15, 2019 in Brigham City, Utah. Green is accused of raping multiple women while he was a football player at Utah State University. (Eli Lucero/Court Pool via AP)

Green testified most of the day Tuesday in Brigham City’s 1st District Court, calling the last two-and-a-half years, “the most difficult time of his life.” He is being charged with raping or sexually assaulting six women while a student. He faces five counts of rape, two counts of object rape, one count of aggravated kidnapping, all first-degree felonies; and, two counts of forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony.

Green told the jury his relationships with the alleged victims were all consensual. He admitted to having sex with a lot of women while going to school, but said there was no doubt in his mind that he ever raped anyone. He said the case has taught him, though, the importance of being abstinent, stay off Tinder (a dating app), focus on goals and be a one woman man.

Later during cross examination, state attorney Spencer Walsh had Green read a poem and English essay that were written by two of the alleged victims. They described two of the assaults in graphic detail. Walsh also noted the similarities between all of the victim’s accounts, about being raped during their first dates with the defendant.

Throughout the questioning, Green continued to deny the allegations, saying, “I didn’t rape or sexually assault anyone.” He later told the jury that he had sex with around 30 women while attending Utah State University.

Earlier in the day, a family nurse practitioner who reviewed one of the alleged victims sexual examination reports said the photos and findings didn’t show specific signs that she was raped. She testified that the injuries could have been caused by consensual sex.

Defense attorney Skye Lazaro prepares to ask questions for a witness during Torrey Green’s rape trial, Tuesday, Jan.15, 2019 in Brigham City, Utah. Green is accused of raping multiple women while he was a football player at Utah State University. (Eli Lucero/Court Pool via AP)

A former professor and football teammate also testified about Green’s character in the classroom and on the field. They described him as a hard worker and preachy, sometimes quoting bible verses to teammates.

Prosecutors allege that all of the women were groped, had their clothes taken off, and forced to have sex with Green, as they repeatedly resisted and told the defendant no. None of the women have previously met each other prior to the trial.

Defense attorney Skye Lazaro previously told the jury that Green hooked up with a lot of girls while at USU but it was always consensual. She claimed the six women reported being raped because they were upset about not getting a second date with her client.

Green is being held in the Cache County jail without bail. He has been incarcerated since his arrest in October 2016, and could face up to life in prison if convicted.

The trial is being held in Brigham City after Judge Brian Cannell previously granted a change of venue. It is scheduled to run through January 25 but will likely end sooner, possibly as early as Wednesday.


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1 Comment

  • Deedee January 16, 2019 at 10:00 pm Reply

    Huh? The victims are upset for not getting another date with their rapist? The attorney is great in twisting things. Poor victims are victimized again by a woman attorney who makes them seem desperate for attention. The cases are so similar that I have a hard time believing the guy. Hope the jury paid attention to more than the words and make a just decision. The victims need to be able to move on and become survivors.

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