UVU wrestler charged with rape at Heber music festival

Dayton Lee Racer. Photo Courtesy: Twitter

HEBER, Utah, Oct. 17, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — A member of Utah Valley University’s wrestling team has been charged with rape in connection with a June incident at a Heber music festival.

Dayton Lee Racer, 22, is accused of raping a woman on June 24 at the Bonanza Campout, which was held at the River’s Edge Resort at Deer Park Campground.

Racer was charged on Monday with one count of first-degree felony rape in 4th District Court in Heber, after a 20-year-old woman told the Heber City Police Department she had been sexually assaulted while attending the music festival.

The probable cause statement released by officials said the woman attended the event with friends and, on the last day of the festival, entered a tent belonging to Racer.

A police officer commented in the PC statement: “She stated that she had told him multiple times that she was not there for anything sexual just to have fun. She told me they did some Molly’s and drank alcohol. She told me that the next thing she remembered was waking up in the tent in the morning,” with Racer sexually assaulting her. Molly is the supposedly “pure” crystalline powder form of MDMA, or ecstasy.

The woman checked into a nearby hospital and subsequently spoke with investigators, the PC statement said.

The case was forwarded to the Wasatch County Attorney’s Office and charges were filed.

Racer’s Twitter bio says he has moved from state to state for his wrestling career. He is a Junior College National Champion and is studying to become a veterinarian.

A statement from Utah Valley University said: “We can confirm that Dayton Racer is currently a student at Utah Valley University and became a member of the UVU wrestling team at the beginning of Fall semester 2018. He was suspended from the team today. We are aware of the allegations, but can’t comment on a pending investigation.”

Racer’s initial appearance in court is scheduled for Nov. 7.

Gephardt Daily will have more on this developing story as information is made available.




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