Twin Falls man charged with raping University of Idaho student

Published On: Oct 10 2012 07:34:19 AM PDT   Updated On: Oct 10 2012 08:34:40 AM PDT
University of Idaho
MOSCOW, Idaho -

Bail was set at $125,000 for a Twin Falls man charged with raping an acquaintance behind a fraternity house at the University of Idaho.

Moscow police arrested Jesse Vierstra, 21, early Sunday. The former University of Idaho student made an initial court appearance Tuesday and told Magistrate John Judge that he was innocent. Judge issued a no-contact order between Vierstra and the woman.

Police said Vierstra and the woman were former co-workers who attended a party at the Sigma Chi fraternity house on Saturday night and left the party together 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.

Vierstra's preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 18.