Former UVU wrestler charged with second rape while awaiting arraignment in first case

Dayton Lee Racer. Photo: Utah County

OREM, Utah, Oct. 16, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — An Orem man charged with rape in June of last year now faces a second rape charge after a woman reported being attacked earlier this month.

Dayton Lee Racer, 23, a member of the Utah Valley University wrestling team before his suspension, was returned to the Utah County Jail on Wednesday. He is being held without bail.

A probable cause statement filed this month by an officer of the Orem Police Department says the victim came to the department to report the assault.

The woman said she met Racer on a dating app, and they arranged a date for Oct. 7, with plans to meet at his residence.

“The victim arrived and was told that they were not going to leave the residence as planned, that Mr. Racer — who was only wearing his underwear at the time — that he did not feel like going out.”

Racer suggested lying on the couch and viewing a movie, the probable cause statement says. The victim said Racer rubbed against her leg from behind, and she asked him multiple times to stop.

Racer then talked the victim into changing into shorts, she said, and he reached inside the clothing despite further protests, the woman said.

She said Racer then picked her up and threw her onto his bed, where the rape occurred, the statement says.

Afterward, the woman said she was able to retriever her pants and leave. She then drove to the Orem Police Department to report the rape, the statement says.

Racer declined to be interviewed by police on advice from his attorney, the statement says.

In the 2018 rape case, court documents alleged that Racer raped a 20-year-old woman at the Bonanza Campout Music Festival near Heber City.

The woman told police she went into Racer’s tent to drink and do drugs, telling him multiple times she did not want to have sex. She later awoke partially unclothed while being assaulted, she said.

Racer’s arraignment in the first case is set for Jan. 15, 2020.


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