The trial of former Fairview Excessive College star quarterback Aidan Atkinson started Monday as a jury was tasked with finding out the occasions that passed off in 2018 on a celebration bus, the place Atkinson is accused of sexually abusing two feminine college students.
Atkinson, 19, was arrested in 2019 on suspicion of three counts of sexual assault, one cost of tried sexual assault, and 5 fees of illegal sexual contact as a juvenile. As a result of the incident occurred when he was underneath 18, Atkinson is being tried as a juvenile.
Boulder Chief Trial Deputy Catrina Weigel stated throughout opening arguments that Atkinson and a gaggle of about 40 different college students from each Fairview and Boulder excessive faculties rented a celebration bus to have a good time Fairview’s homecoming on Sept. 15, 2018
“It was on this occasion bus that Aidan Atkinson used the alcohol, the ambiance, and his reputation amongst the scholars at Fairview Highschool to sexually abuse two ladies,” Weigel stated.
However protection lawyer Lara Mars Baker in her opening arguments stated Atkinson was not responsible and that this was a case “a couple of highschool gossip chain, an overreaching and flawed investigation, and… ‘a gaggle of youngsters all about drama.’”
Weigel stated a woman who was a junior at Fairview obtained on the bus intoxicated, and sat subsequent to Atkinson. The prosecutor stated the woman knew Atkinson as a good friend, however was not romantically . However Weigel instructed the jurors that what began as Atkinson serving to maintain her up was an undesirable sexual advance.
“She’s pushing his hand away, she is clenching her legs collectively, however he doesn’t cease what he’s doing,” Weigel stated.
Weigel stated was is just when another person confronted Atkinson that he stopped what he was doing. However Weigel stated when the occasion bus arrived at a restaurant in Westminster, Atkinson continued to the touch the woman.
After they obtained again on the bus, Weigel instructed the jury, Atkinson as a substitute centered on a brand new sufferer, one other highschool junior. Weigel stated this woman was so intoxicated that different witnesses described her as “limp,” however Weigel stated Atkinson groped and bodily abused her.
“Lots of people know what occurred on that bus in 2018,” Weigel stated.
Baker, the protection lawyer, instructed the jury that whereas the prosecution deliberate to current witnesses from the occasion bus, lots of them could be counting on rumor or alcohol-influenced reminiscences which may not inform the entire story.
“The photographic and video proof will,” Baker stated. “There are images and movies that have been taken the evening of Sept. 15 (2018) that may inform you a really completely different story than the one the individuals simply gave you.”
Baker described Atkinson’s habits with the 2 ladies as consensual. She additionally famous the allegations weren’t reported till 2019, after which solely by one other woman who stated she noticed what occurred to each college students.
“This can be a group of youngsters who obtained caught up in being caught up within the drama of the highschool quarterback being accused of sexual misconduct,” Baker instructed the jury.
This trial is ready to happen over 9 days.
Following Atkinson’s arrest, prosecutors added extra fees to the case that had not been made public, however throughout a motions listening to in September attorneys stated the fees have been associated to sexual exploitation allegations that occurred at a personal residence three months after the alleged occasion bus incident.
Atkinson is ready for a separate five-day trial on these two counts beginning April 19.