By JENNI LESTER
The man accused of raping a BYU student was also charged of aggravated kidnapping Tuesday morning in addition to the charges of aggravated sexual assault, said County Attorney Kay Bryson.
Bryson said Luis Alonso Rivera faced a felony first court appearance Tuesday and was charged accordingly. Bail was set for $50,000 for the second charge of aggravated kidnapping.
Rivera is “sad by the entire event and is anxious to get the charges resolved in the interest of justice,” said Steve Killpack, court-appointed attorney for Rivera and director of the public defenders office.
“We’re unaware of any confession at this time,” Killpack said.
There are two separate cases, one for each of the people Rivera attacked, Bryson said. In one case, he said Rivera is charged with only aggravated kidnapping.
In the other case, he is charged with both aggravated kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault. Each case has a $50,000 bail for a total of $100,000, he said.
A waiver hearing is set for Feb. 25 to determine whether a preliminary hearing is necessary, Bryson said. If it is, the date for the preliminary hearing will be set at the waiver hearing, he said.
During the preliminary hearing, Bryson said the judge will decide if there is probable cause to believe a crime was committed. The judge will also determine if there is probable cause the defendant committed the crimes. If the judge finds probable cause, Rivera will be required to plead innocent or guilty, he said.
Bryson said if Rivera pleads guilty, he will be sentenced six to eight weeks later. If he pleads innocent, a trial date will be set.
If Rivera is convicted, each of his charges are punishable from five years to life in prison.