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Former Iowa player: Accuser ‘the aggressor’
1 accused assailant says in other’s trial
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IOWA CITY, Iowa | A former University of Iowa athlete who claims she was raped by two football players “was the aggressor,” and it was her idea to have sex with him, one of the two accused assailants testified Wednesday.
Prosecutors say Mr. Satterfield had sex with the woman against her will before Mr. Everson entered the room at the Hillcrest Residence Hall and assaulted her while she was passed out. The woman testified Tuesday that she performed oral sex on Mr. Satterfield to try to avoid intercourse, but he pinned her down and assaulted her despite her pleas to stop.
She said she learned weeks later from a police officer that she also was allegedly assaulted by Mr. Everson, 21, who faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.
Mr. Everson’s attorney, Leon Spies, has acknowledged that Mr. Everson bragged about the sex to teammates and then lied to his coach to avoid getting in trouble, but Mr. Spies said the sex was consensual and Mr. Everson did not commit a crime.
The prosecution rested its case Wednesday afternoon. Judge Paul Miller said he would rule Thursday morning on motions and finalize jury instructions. The defense will begin its case on Tuesday.
Mr. Satterfield, who now lives in Erie, Pa., disputed the woman’s account. He said she sat on his lap outside the dorm before they looked for a room to get privacy. Because their roommates both had visitors, they went into a room that had been vacated by another football player after Mr. Everson gave him the key.
Mr. Satterfield said the woman came on to him, performed oral sex, asked whether he had a condom and helped him put it on. She never told him to stop or said she was in pain, he said.
“I just really sat back, and she was the aggressor,” Mr. Satterfield said.
Mr. Satterfield said Mr. Everson came into the room at one point to retrieve the key and then left. He said Mr. Everson came back later while he and the woman were sleeping, tapped him on the shoulder and told him to get out of bed. Mr. Satterfield said he fell asleep on the floor and doesn’t know what happened between Mr. Everson and the woman.
He said Mr. Everson later woke him up again and he got back in bed.
Mr. Satterfield originally was charged with two felony counts of sexual abuse. Under a plea bargain reached last year, he pleaded guilty to assault with intent to inflict serious injury, a misdemeanor, and agreed to testify against Mr. Everson. In exchange, prosecutors agreed to recommend no jail time or terms of probation when he is sentenced Jan. 21.
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