KSL News (Salt Lake City), December 3, 2004
A Utah grand jury has indicted four members of the Brigham Young University football team on charges of aggravated sexual assault. Two other players face lesser charges.
The Utah County Attorney’s office felt that calling a Grand Jury in this case was its best option because of the number of defendants involved, and to lessen the impact for the victim.
Kay Bryson, Utah County Attorney: “With four defendants, preliminary hearing, a trial, it would necessitate possibly having her testify repeatedly, and we wanted to lessen the impact of this criminal prosecution on her.”
For the first time in Utah County the County Attorney’s office took advantage of a 15-year old statute and organized a grand jury to hear evidence regarding an alleged rape of a 17-year old girl. As a result of the proceedings, the Grand Jury handed down several indictments against suspended members of the BYU football team.