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Woman testifies high school football star recorded rape

Wire • Feb 15, 2013 at 7:07 PM

The Pickerington Central High School football star accused of raping a classmate used his phone to videotape the attack in the back seat of her car, the young woman testified in court Thursday.

Roger L. Lewis Jr., 19, is on trial for two counts of rape in Fairfield County Common Pleas Court. He is accused of attacking the woman, now 19, during their senior year, on Dec. 2, 2011, the day before the state championship football game, and again on Jan. 6, 2012.

The victim of this alleged sexual assault is not being identified.

Lewis was a star wide receiver on the high-school team and was recruited by Ohio State University and other schools.

Defense attorney Neil Rosenberg told the jury in his opening statement on Tuesday that the sex had been consensual.

Judge Richard E. Berens allowed Rosenberg to play for the jury a recording, made by a smartphone application, of a conversation between the woman and a friend on Dec. 15, 2011. The woman testified that she did not know she was being recorded.

She told her friend that even though Lewis was dating someone, he kept pursuing her sexually. They had hung out a couple of times, and although they had engaged in foreplay, she refused to engage in sexual intercourse with him, she told her friend.

She said she was just his "booty call" and " I’m not going to do anything."

Crying at times on the stand yesterday, the woman said Lewis sexually assaulted her once during her freshman year and again when she was a sophomore, but she told no one because she was ashamed and viewed it as her fault.

When they were seniors, he raped her on a basement couch at a friend’s house on Dec. 2, 2011, she said. Still, she told no one, because she was embarrassed, she said.

One day, she said, Lewis one day swiped her copy of a book she needed for a class and an upcoming midterm. On Jan. 6, 2012, she texted him that she needed the book and he told her to drive to his house to get it.

He got into her car and made her drive to a partially completed subdivision where he forced her into the back seat, held her down and raped her, she testified. During the assault he took out his phone and recorded the attack, ordering her to yell and scream and to call him "Daddy," she said.

Afterward she was in pain and was scared, she testified yesterday, wondering what if the video wound up on YouTube and what about the colleges to which she was applying?

Jurors were shown the woman’s ripped yoga pants and photos of bruises on her leg and shoulder taken during a hospital exam.

On Jan. 9, 2012, she went to high-school administrators, who called police. School officials and police accompanied her home from school that day to tell her parents.

"My dad broke down crying," she testified. "I’ve never seen my dad cry before."


By Mary Beth Lane - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)

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