U student faces rape charges

By By Michael McFall

By Michael McFall

The state of Utah charged Konstantin Khlebopro, a 20-year-old student, with two second-degree felony counts of forcible sexual abuse of a 16-year-old female stemming from incidents that occurred in the Residence Halls on April 8.

The Utah Third District Court issued a warrant for his arrest and a bail of $100,000 on May 16.

According to the police report, the victim was visiting a friend in Gateway Heights and had spent the evening visiting with three other females and four males, including Khlebopro. The victim was on campus to find out if she would like to attend the U when she graduated high school.

Later that night, the victim refused a back-rub offer from Khlebopro and went to bed.

A short time later, she said, she heard the door to the dorm close and assumed the man had left. About an hour and a half later, she awoke to the defendant in her bed, sexually assaulting her, according to the police report.

She told Khlebopro to leave, but he refused and tried to kiss her. She pushed him away and again told him to leave. Khlebopro woke up a friend sleeping in the room, and the two left together.

Detective James Brown of the campus police investigated the case. Once police finished the investigation, it was handed over to the court for review.

“Sometimes it can take a while before a warrant is issued, sometimes days, sometimes weeks,” said Alicia Cook, the public information officer for the district attorney’s office.

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