Former USU linebacker Torrey Green charged with multiple rapes
A former Utah State football player, Torrey Green, 22, who was striked out by the Atlanta Falcons in August for multiple sexual assault allegations including rape, assault and kidnapping, was formally charged in 1st District Court on Thursday with four counts of first-degree rape, first-degree kidnapping and second-degree forcible sexual abuse.
In 2015, four of the alleged victims went to police and their statements were reported by The Salt Lake Tribune in July. Since then, the charges until Thursday involved- three of the women, plus two women coming forward to report to the police.
On Thursday, Green was arrested in California. If he is found guilty for rape or kidnapping charges, then he faces a maximum penalty of lifetime in prison, although the sex abuse carries a maximum penalty of one-to-15 years behind the bars.
The charges of the attacks were mentioned in between November 2013 and November 2015. Three of these cases were investigated by North Park Police. According to the court records, the two were looked by the Logan Police Department. Court dates won’t be scheduled until Green is expelled to Utah to face the charges.
According to The Salt Lake Tribune, Zack Teperman of Los Angeles-based ZTPR, who represents Green, had not commented. He had previously said that Green, “has complete faith that any further investigation will prove his complete innocence and he will be exonerated”.
In 2011, Green began his classes at Utah State and since then, had graduated and remained on campus throughout the spring 2016. In April, he signed a free agent contract with the Atlanta Falcons. The NFL team dispensed him in August after learning he was the charged with multiple sex assault investigations.
In July, Green denied the four allegations in an interview with The Tribune saying that it was “blown out of proportion.” Apparently he also said that the school talked to him only about one incident, which he did not name.
“I don’t get why you’re trying to make a story right now on a person that’s trying to be successful, on stuff that I dealt with a while back,” he said. “Why would you want to mess up someone’s career like that?”