Prominent Latino Activist Tony Yapias Charged with Rape

Tiffany Demasters, Fox 13 (Salt Lake City), September 13, 2016

Well-known Hispanic activist Tony Yapias was charged with rape after he allegedly assaulted a woman who ended their four-year relationship a few months ago.

Yapias, 50, known as Adolfo Tony Yapias-Delgado, was formerly charged in the 3rd District Monday with rape, a first-degree felony and evidence tampering, a class A misdemeanor.

Yapias is the director of Proyecto Latino de Utah.

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When the defendant arrived at the victim’s home, court documents state, he went inside the victim’s home uninvited after she opened the door to confront him in the parking lot.

“The victim again made it clear she was not interested in continuing a relationship and did not want to engage in sex,” court documents state. “The defendant forced the issue and had sexual intercourse with the victim without her consent.”

After the alleged assault, court documents indicate, Yapias wanted to talk more about their relationship. That conversation took place in his car.

As the victim explained why was upset and angry, the defendant grabbed her cellphone and deleted their text message exchanges, court documents state.

The text messages were retrieved by a forensic investigator.

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The defendant apologized for erasing the victim’s text messages.

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A $250,000 bail has been set for Yapias. A court date has not been scheduled at this time.

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