Salt Lake City - SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah News) - Former Brighton High School and University of Southern California football player Osa Masina was in court Monday for a preliminary hearing on rape charges.
The 19 year old accuser in this case took the stand and testified that Masina sexually assaulted her on two occasions in July: once in Los Angeles and another time following a house party in Cottonwood Heights early on the morning of July 25th.
Cameras were not allowed in the courtroom Monday but Masina sat expressionless, staring straight ahead as the accuser testified.
The young woman admitted drinking alcohol, taking drugs and passing out before both incidents but she described in graphic detail what she experienced while she was conscious -and the physical and emotional aftermath that followed. She claims she never consented to the sex acts and felt "scared and helpless" during the encounters which she called "horrible" and "painful".
Judge Keith Kelly bound Masina over for trial on all three charges: one count of rape and two counts of forcible sodomy.
Masina waived his right to testify and he didn't have anything to say afterwards either but his attorney Rebecca Skordas said she was not surprised by the judge's decision.
"It was expected. Most cases are bound over," Skordas told reporters. "The burden of proof is very low and and the judge doesn't get to decide credibility."
Skordas says she may appeal the decision by requesting the judge quash the bindover. The grounds?
"Insufficient evidence," Skordas said.
Judge Kelly scheduled Masina's arraignment for Friday at 8:30 a.m.
Since one of the alleged incidents happened in California, Masina could possibly face charges there as well.
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