UH student talks about alleged rape

Published: Mar. 17, 2015 at 12:05 AM HST|Updated: Mar. 17, 2015 at 12:51 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - An 18-year-old University of Hawaii student described in graphic detail an alleged rape in a university dorm room.

"I was crying very obviously, very obviously. Just a lot of crying. I remember I told him six times to stop," said the girl, a UH freshman from San Diego.

"He took my pants off ... I was telling him no."

Nineteen year-old Tyler Strong of Oregon is accused of raping the girl in his Johnson Hall B dorm room on September 21. The incident came after heavy drinking by both students.

Strong's attorney argued last week that the sex was not forced.

"He never held her down, he never forced her. She never said no. They had a consensual sexual encounter on that morning," said Jeffrey Hawk.

The attorney pointed to this text message that his client sent to the the girl:

"He had sent her a text saying come over baby, I want to give it to you and she came," Hawk said.

"She came over in her underwear and a tiny little top at 5 a.m."

Hawk said the victim went to the defendant's room that night because she was mad at another male student she had a crush on, a point the victim admitted on the stand.

"It was kind of like a revenge thing ... to go over there," she said.

The girl will resume on the stand on Wednesday for cross examination.

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