VERDICT: Jury decides fate of former USU Football player charged with rape


    Jurors returned a verdict in the case of a former Utah State University football player facing 11 charges of rape and sexual abuse. (Photo: KUTV)

    Jurors returned a verdict in the case of a former Utah State University football player facing 11 charges related to rape and sexual abuse.

    The jury found Green guilty of five counts of rape, one count of forcible sexual abuse, one count of object rape, and one count of sexual battery. Green was found not guilty on other charges of aggravated kidnapping, kidnapping, unlawful detention, forcible sexual abuse, attempted forcible sexual abuse, and object rape.

    Each count stems from a specific allegation from the women who accused Green.

    The verdict came after more than a day-and-a-half of deliberations by the jury.

    Green was charged with multiple felonies in 2016 after several women accused him of forcibly committing sexual acts with them while he attended college at Utah State University.

    The verdict comes after a weeks-long trial during which his accusers took the stand and recounted their interactions with Green and described in detail the acts their accusations.

    In testimony at court, Green adamantly denied the allegations.

    Prosecutors argued it could not be mere coincidence that multiple women would come forward with such similar allegations against Green.

    “All six independently accuse this defendant right here of strikingly similar sexual assaults," Prosecutor Spencer Walsh said Thursday. "He is guilty."

    Green's defense attorney, Skye Lazaro, argued that, “While it’s not the nicest thing to do, there’s nothing illegal about one-night stands."

    Green was drafted to the NFL by the Atlanta Falcons, but the team released him when the accusations surfaced.

    Green's sentencing is scheduled to take place on March 27.


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