Twin Falls man charged with rape to face trial

Published On: Oct 20 2012 04:02:29 PM PDT   Updated On: Oct 20 2012 04:05:49 PM PDT
University of Idaho
MOSCOW, Idaho -

A northern Idaho judge has ruled that a 20-year-old Twin Falls man police say raped an 18-year-old University of Idaho freshman must face trial.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that Latah County Magistrate John Judge at a preliminary hearing on Thursday ruled there is probable cause in ordering Jesse Vierstra to stand trial.

Judge also rejected a defense motion to reduce Vierstra's bond from $125,000 to $5,000.

Police said Vierstra and the woman were former co-workers, who attended a party together at the Sigma Chi fraternity house in early October. The two left the party to go for a walk. The woman told police they started kissing outside and once they were alone, Vierstra forced her to the ground and sexually assaulted her.

The 18-year-old woman testified she was a virgin before the alleged attack.

Judge in making his ruling said that what he heard in court can only be described as predatory.