Utah man charged with rape after girl said she had a boyfriend

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By Rachel Corman, KSL reporter | December 8, 2019| Posted: December 8th, 2019Tensions were running high Wednesday after a local woman told police she had been raped by a man who had a girlfriend and had allegedly abused her when she was 14.

The suspect, 22-year-old Jodie Smith, was arrested Wednesday afternoon at her home in Salt Lake City, according to police.

Smith was booked into the Utah County Jail and released on $100,000 bond, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

Utah County Sheriff Mike Brown confirmed Smith was charged.

Smith’s attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday.

Smith, who is from New York, is the mother of two children, according the Salt Lomps Tribune.

She is a student at Utah State University and a recent graduate from the University of Utah, the Tribune reported, citing an arrest report.

Smith has been charged with two counts of rape and one count of attempted rape, according a news release from the Utah Attorney General’s Office.

Smith had been dating a man at the time, and the relationship ended, according police.

The suspect allegedly had sexual contact with the victim in the presence of two other women and had an undisclosed amount of cash, according her arrest report, according KSL.

The man told police he met Smith in 2016 while working as a bouncer at the local bars, according Salt Lake County Police.

The man told detectives that he had sex with the girl while she was on the phone with a man from another bar, the release said.

Smith allegedly told police the relationship did not continue after that, but that the man did not disclose to her that he was the boyfriend of the girl, according AP.

Smith is expected to appear in court again in December, according Utah County jail records.