SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah State football player from Las Vegas is charged with raping a woman at a party, marking the latest in a string of similar cases at the school in recent years.
Jamaal A. Evans, 19, who graduated from Centennial High School, took an intoxicated woman into a room and sexually assaulted her on June 17, Cache County prosecutors said in court documents filed Thursday.
He is charged with rape and forcible sodomy, according to his arrest record with the Cache County Sheriff’s Office in Logan, Utah. He is scheduled to appear in court on July 10.
When the woman’s friend confronted him about what happened, he told her “when you’re in the moment and you want what you want, just got to do it sometimes,” and “he gave that girl what she wanted,” according to the court documents.
Evans told police the sex was consensual, according to documents. He said he was “a little buzzed,” but the woman didn’t seem drunk until she vomited after the encounter.
His lawyer, Shannon Demler, on Friday did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.
Other partygoers told police the woman was acting intoxicated and her friend told police the woman was “completely incoherent” after the alleged assault. The woman told police she couldn’t remember what happened.
Evans redshirted last year as a freshman linebacker at Utah State. He has been suspended from the team.
The charges come as a former Utah State football player heads for trial on charges alleging he assaulted seven women between 2013 and 2015. Torrey Green has maintained his innocence.
Two fraternity members have also pleaded guilty in sexual assault cases in recent years. The university has pledged reform after an investigation found a pattern of sexual misconduct in its piano program.
Utah State spokesman Eric Warren said the school
takes the allegations seriously and will not tolerate sexual misconduct.