Cody East, 18, went on trial in Los Lunas Monday charged with sexually assaulting a then-15-year-old girl in his own bedroom on the night of Sept. 10, 2005, KRQE News 13 reported.
East, who has since graduated from Los Lunas High School, won a Class 5A state wrestling title in the 189-pound division in 2005 and was indicted by a Valencia County grand jury on 15 counts, including four counts of first-degree rape, four counts of second-degree criminal sexual contact of a minor, six counts of third-degree criminal sexual contact and one count of false imprisonment, according to earlier reports.
Police reports at the time said the alleged incidents occurred during a party at East's parents' home following a Belen-Los Lunas high school football game, in which East played defensive end for the Los Lunas Tigers, the Valencia County News-Bulletin has reported.
Prosecutor Aaron Jordon told jurors in opening Monday that East raped the girl after using a dresser to barricade the door to his bedroom and there was nothing consensual about the sex, News 13 reported.
"She didn't consent to any of this," Jordon said. "She told the defendant no over and over and over again," Channel 13 reported.
But the 4-foot-11 girl was no match for the 6-foot-4 athlete, who weighed 230 pounds, Jordon told jurors.
But according to East's defense attorney Jane Rocha de Gandara, the sex was consensual, and that the churchgoing girl made up the rape story in order not to disappoint her family, Rocha de Gandara told the jury, News 13 reported.
Police say the girl claimed East raped her several times over several hours that night and prevented her from leaving, according to News 13.