Kevin Olsen Found Not Guilty On All Charges In Rape Case

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A jury has found former UNC Charlotte quarterback Kevin Olsen not guilty of raping his girlfriend.  The jury came back with a not guilty verdict on all four charges: three counts of rape and one count of second degree sex offense.

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Original Story (Posted October 1, 2018):

CHARLOTTE, NC — Day two of jury deliberations begins Tuesday in the Kevin Olsen case.

Olsen is a former UNC Charlotte quarterback and brother of Panthers player Greg Olsen.

He is accused of three counts of Second Degree Forcible Rape and one count of Second Degree Forcible Sexual Offense.

Prosecutors accuse him of trying to kill himself, then beating a girlfriend before raping her after a night of drinking in 2017.

We are not releasing her name because she is a suspected victim of domestic violence.

Olsen and his family left the courthouse Monday evening after jurors told the judge they do not foresee reaching a decision on each charge against him quickly.

The jury spent most of Monday hearing closing arguments on both sides.

“Fear caused her to be on top of the defendant while he raped her, holding her eye, holding her hurt body, and that same fear prevented her from yelling, saying no,” said Mecklenburg County Assistant District Attorney Kristen Northrup.

The judge told jurors that fear can be a form of force in the rape and sex offense charges against him and sexual consent conduced by fear is not consent at all.

“If she said yes, and she was scared because he just beat her, it’s still rape,” argued Northrup.

Defense attorney George Laughrun argued that the ex-girlfriend is not credible. He says her timeline is wrong. He pointed out a roommate that testified he did not hear a fight or struggle.

“The truth is what it is, and the truth was that rape never happened,” said Laughrun.

He pointed out texts she sent to friends, concerned about the rape charges police filed.

“We know what the text says: ‘He’s not a rapist.’ True. ‘I was iffy on the rape.’ True,” said Laughrun.

Prosecutors argue the woman was processing what happened to her in those texts,
and they got to speak to the jurors last.

“[She] knew that something very, very bad happened to her, but she didn’t know what to call it,” said Northrup.