Ex-hoops star: I’m not guilty
A former college hoops standout accused of raping and kidnapping a woman at Stein Eriksen Lodge pleaded not guilty to the charges Monday.
Salt Lake County resident Teddy Dupay, who played as a guard for the University of Florida when the school’s basketball team competed in the 2000 NCAA championship game, did not speak at his preliminary hearing.
3rd District Court Judge Bruce Lubeck bound Dupay over for trial after testimony from the alleged victim and a Stein Eriksen employee.
A three-day jury trial for Dupay is scheduled to begin Jan. 6, 2009.
Court papers charge Dupay with rape, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault, all first-degree felonies. The accusations stem from what charging documents describe as an attack June 19 in room 119-2 at 7700 Stein Way in Deer Valley.
The alleged victim, who lives in Draper, said she had dated Dupay "on and off for two years."
"We had gone to dinner with [Dupay’s] cousin and after that we had gone to a bar," she testified at Monday’s hearing about the night of the alleged attack. "[Dupay] said he wanted to go to Park City and talk."
She and Dupay started to argue in the cab back to Deer Valley, the woman said at the hearing.
"I was just kind of upset because he was talking business," she said.
Inside the room Dupay began hitting her, the woman claimed. The Park Record usually does not print the name of alleged rape victims.
Dupay, 29, repeatedly struck her with what "seemed like both hands," she said.
"I just kept saying that I was sorry," the woman said. "I just kept telling him that I loved him."
Attorney Ed Brass who represents Dupay said Lubeck wasn’t allowed to consider the alleged victim’s credibility in deciding whether to bind Dupay over for trial.
"Did you call [Dupay] on July 17?" Brass asked the woman.
She admitted she tried to contact Dupay several times in July and sent him text messages within a few days of the incident.
The alleged victim admitted under questioning that she drank vodka in the room before dinner and had three or four alcoholic drinks while out.
She was raped and beaten by Dupay, whose legal name is Edward Raymond Dupay, within two hours of returning to the hotel, the woman claimed.
"I got shoved underneath a desk until he went to smoke," she explained, adding that when she had a chance to escape, "I ran."
The alleged victim stormed into the lobby of the hotel wearing her nightshirt at about 2:20 a.m., said David Williams, night supervisor at Stein Eriksen Lodge.
"She asked me to protect her from her boyfriend," Williams testified. "She had actually gone to the floor in a defensive posture After the police arrived I got her a robe from housekeeping."
The woman was "upset, agitated [and] she was shaking," Williams said.
Williams testified that he could not smell alcohol on the woman.
"She said something like, ‘They’re not going to believe me, it’s happening again,’ or something to that effect," Williams said. "She wanted me to call 911."
Dupay was arrested in Deer Valley that morning when he returned to retrieve his keys at the lodge, Williams said.
"[Dupay] said it was the worst night of his life," Williams said.
Before Monday’s hearing Dupay did not comment to The Park Record.
Dupay was booked into the Summit County jail June 19 and reportedly posted $40,000 bail and was released that day at about 6 a.m.
He told officers it got "a little rough," but denied raping the woman, the charging documents state.
"He stated, ‘how can you rape someone you love?’" court papers state.
Dupay started as a guard for the Florida Gators when the school lost to Michigan State in the NCAA championship game. A Florida spokeswoman said Dupay played basketball at the school from 1999 to 2001.
The preliminary hearing for Dupay lasted about 45 minutes. He could face up to life in prison for each of the counts if he is convicted.
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