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Former U Of I Student From Twin Falls Charged With Rape

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By Paul Johnson

Moscow, Idaho (KMVT-TV) A former University of Idaho Student from Twin Falls is in the Latah County Jail.

Police say 21 year old Jesse Vierstra was charged with raping a woman after a party on the U of I campus over the weekend.

According to the Moscow Police, Vierstra and the victim knew each other and left the same party together before the alleged incident.

Moscow Chief Of Police David Duke was quoted as saying that “The victim knew the suspect from working with him in Twin Falls at a restaurant, so they were acquainted, but on a friendship level only.”

Police said that when the two went outside they started kissing and once they were alone, Vierstra forced the victim to the ground and sexually assaulted her.

The victim told her family about the incident and they reported it to the police at about 1:45 am Sunday.

Police responded to the 700 Block of Nez Perce Drive in Moscow. Vierstra was booked into the Latah County Jail.

His arraignment is set for today.


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