SALT LAKE CITY — Utah prosecutors will lay out the evidence against a suspended University of Southern California football player charged with rape at a hearing next month, a judge decided Friday.
Osa Masina, 19, is accused of sexually assaulting a woman after she passed out following a summer party in a Salt Lake City suburb. The evidence hearing was set for Nov. 29. California prosecutors are also weighing possible charges in a sexual assault allegation involving the same woman there.
His lawyer Greg Skordas said he expects the case to go to trial, but he’s also negotiating with prosecutors to lower his client’s $250,000 bail.
“He’s here, he’s got nowhere to go,” Skordas said, though he acknowledged prosecutors aren’t ready to agree to a bail reduction. Masina has also been suspended from the university, though he’s appealing that decision, Skordas said.
Masina is a Utah native who played at Brighton High School in the Cottonwood Heights suburb of Salt Lake City.
Prosecutors said he has known the alleged victim, also 19, for several years and raped her after she drank alcohol and smoked marijuana with him at a July 25 party in Cottonwood Heights. Masina is charged with one count of rape and two counts of forcible sodomy.
Skordas has said the sex was consensual.
He and teammate Don Hill are also under investigation for an alleged sexual assault that happened two weeks earlier when the alleged victim visited Masina in California, according to court documents.
Masina and Hill are accused of assaulting the woman at Hill’s off-campus apartment after giving her marijuana, alcohol and the anti-anxiety prescription drug Xanax, court documents said.
Masina took video of the alleged assault and sent it to the victim’s ex-boyfriend, authorities said. Hill has also been suspended.