A 27-year-old federal prison parolee who had a rape charge against him dropped in April will now stand trial on the charge Aug. 9, 4th District Judge Boyd L. Park has ruled.
Jerome Victor Trafny, 438 S. 12th West, Orem, Friday pleaded not guilty to raping a 16-year-old Orem girl Feb. 28. Trafny entered the same plea last March when arraigned on the charge before 4th District Judge Ray M. Harding. He was scheduled to be tried April 7.The Utah County attorney's office, however, filed a motion April 13 to dismiss the case, a first-degree felony, because of difficulty in obtaining a witness critical to the case. That motion followed a defense motion to dismiss the case on grounds that Trafny's right to a speedy trial had been violated.
Harding subsequently dismissed the case but advised the defendant that the state could refile within "a reasonable period." Charges were subsequently refiled June 6.
According to Orem police, the victim was raped by a man who offered her a ride home from a party. Instead of taking her home, he drove her to the city's research and technology park, where the crime allegedly occurred.