Former UI Student Pleads Not Guilty to Rape

MOSCOW – A former University of Idaho student has pleaded not guilty to charges that he raped an 18-year-old freshman during the school’s homecoming celebrations.

Prosecutors say Jesse Vierstra, 20, was attending a party at a fraternity house when he stepped outside with the victim and began kissing her. When the victim tried to end the encounter, Vierstra allegedly carried her to a secluded area and raped her.

He is scheduled to stand trial in January.

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