A Jackson Hole High School student is in Teton County Jail, charged with two counts of first-degree sexual assault.
The 18-year-old’s name is protected under an order restricting disclosure, so he’s referred to as “RCR” in court records. The defendant’s name will be made public if his case is bound over to felony court, per Wyoming law.
The Teton County Sheriff’s Office arrested him Monday afternoon. He is scheduled to appear before a judge today in Teton County Circuit Court.
Two women separately reported that RCR raped them, court documents state.
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The first alleged assault happened March 9, 2018, in Teton Village, according to an affidavit filed in circuit court.
The victim was a juvenile at the time but is now in college. Detectives interviewed her Oct. 28 after she reported the assault to a victim’s advocacy group. The victim told Teton County detectives that she was at the defendant’s Teton Village house with other teenagers during a party.
“At his house RCR began to repeatedly ask [victim] to engage in sex with him,” records state. “With each request the victim denied RCR for sex.”
The victim estimated that within 10 minutes RCR asked her to have sex with him eight times. The victim said she dated the suspect briefly prior to the rape, but they were no longer together on March 9, 2018.
“After repeated requests for sex, RCR reached over and suddenly seized [victim] in a head lock,” detectives wrote.
With his arm around her neck, RCR dragged her into his bedroom, police said, where he took her phone and locked the door.
“RCR pushed [victim] down on his bed and removed her pants and underwear,” police said. “RCR removed his pants and while holding [victim’s] throat, forced his penis inside her.”
The victim cried while recounting the assault to police. She told them that when RCR finished he told her to get dressed.
“RCR got dressed and left the room,” the affidavit states.
The victim told police that she repeatedly told him no and never gave consent. She said she tried to break free, but “RCR had her grasped by the throat.”
The next assault allegedly happened a year later, on March 16, 2019.
A different teenage girl told detectives on Sept. 27 that RCR raped her at his parents’ house in Teton Village. The victim and suspect had been at the Rendezvous Festival with friends before driving to Shooting Star around 10 p.m. to get in the hot tub.
“It was near closing time, and the hot tub was empty of other guests,” police said. “It was only RCR and [victim] in the hot tub. The two of them shared a pint bottle of rum.”
RCR became “handsy,” the victim told detectives, and she was uncomfortable, so she kept pushing him away. The suspect kept “pushing for sex even though they were just friends.”
The victim started texting friends while in the hot tub because she was uncomfortable, police said.
RCR drove the victim to his parents’ house in Teton Village, police said, and the victim realized her other friends had returned to Jackson already.
The victim did not see RCR’s parents, which she said left her in “a bad predicament.”
According to police, RCR said, “We should have sex,” and the victim replied, “No, I can’t do that.”
That’s when RCR grabbed the victim’s breasts and took his clothes off.
He then stripped the victim’s clothes off her while she resisted, police said.
“He pinned me down and then he was like holding both my arms with one hand and with the other he took them off,” the victim told detectives.
“At this point I just kind of gave up,” the victim said. “He then raped me.”
After obtaining felony warrants, deputies arrested RCR Monday afternoon when he was at a friend’s house.
According to Jackson Police Department reports, there was another complaint against the suspect in October for harassing a teenage girl. Officers told him to leave the girl alone, but they did not charge him with a crime.
RCR remains in the county jail and is set to see a judge at 1:30 p.m. today in court.
The Teton County Sheriff’s Office will continue to interview witnesses in both cases.
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