Tribune: Man Accused of U of I Rape Ordered to Stand Trial, Reduced Bond Denied

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Jesse Vierstra, 20, is charged with rape on the University of Idaho campus.
  • Jesse Vierstra, 20, is charged with rape on the University of Idaho campus.


A former University of Idaho student has been ordered to stand trail for the alleged rape of a U of I freshman during homecoming weekend.

This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that Latah County Magistrate John Judge ruled that there was probable cause that 20-year-old Jesse Vierstra raped the 18-year-old coed, who testified Thursday that she was a virgin before the alleged attack. Judge also refused to reduce Vierstra's bond, which stands at $125,000.

The alleged victim testifed that she had worked with Vierstra at a restaurant in Twin Falls, their hometown, last summer. They encountered each other again on Oct. 6, the day of the U of I homecoming football game. The alleged rape occurred outside of the Sigma Chi fraternity house at the U of I campus.

Vierstra attended the university last year.

Vierstra's arraignment is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 29. If convicted, Vierstra faces a possible sentence of life in prison.

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