Dupay misses rape hearing
April 14, 2009
A former hardwood standout who played in the NCAA basketball championship and is charged in Summit County with felony rape, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault, did not attend a 3rd District Court hearing scheduled Monday in the Snyderville Basin.
Teddy Dupay, 29, has not accepted a plea deal prosecutors offered him that could reduce the charges, Summit County prosecutor Paul Christensen said.
"He’s still got to plead to a felony," Christensen said about the offer.
The first-degree felony charges against Dupay stem from a confrontation at Stein Eriksen Lodge last June. The female accuser lives in Salt Lake County and said she had dated Dupay sporadically.
Charging documents describe the incident as an attack in room 119-2. The accuser, who lives in Salt Lake County, told prosecutors Dupay hit and kicked her about 150 times.
She had bruises on her arm, shoulder and thigh, scratches on her back and a swollen left eye, investigators claim.
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But prosecutors offered Dupay the plea bargain because the woman lacks credibility, according to Summit County Attorney David Brickey.
She admitted in court she tried to contact Dupay several times after the alleged attack and sent him text messages.
Dupay was not in court Monday. He has not commented about the case.
"[Dupay] didn’t even show up to finish up the hearing today I could put out a warrant for him," Summit County prosecutor Paul Christensen said in an interview Monday. "I’m going to give it until Monday. If there is not a slam-dunk deal on Monday, I’m going to say, forget it, and set it for trial."
On Monday, Dupay attorney Ed Brass requested more time to speak with the ex-player, Christensen said.
Brass has declined to comment extensively about the case.
"I’d like to see the deal done and I don’t know that it’s going to happen," Christensen said.
A hearing for Dupay is scheduled April 20.
Dupay started as a guard for the Florida Gators when the school lost to Michigan State in the 2000 NCAA championship game. A Florida spokeswoman said Dupay played basketball at the school from 1999 to 2001.