PLEASANT GROVE Police arrested a 24-year-old registered sex offender Wednesday in connection with the rape of an underage female.
According to a police affidavit, Briendon Lundell, of Lindon, had just met the victim Jan. 25 at his house, where he allegedly supplied her with alcohol and they played a game called "shot a minute."
When the girl returned to her apartment, Lundell called her and invited himself over, police said. The victim told police she wasn't comfortable with the idea, but Lundell was "insistent." The two smoked cigarettes on the porch for a while then retired to the girl's bedroom to watch a movie.
Lundell allegedly started kissing and fondling the girl, police said. She said she did not want to have sex, and he said he just wanted to "make out." They kissed again, and he continued to fondle her. The victim tried to resist, and Lundell allegedly forced her clothes off and raped her.
The victim's roommates were present in the apartment at the time, but they were asleep. One of them later told police she heard arguing coming from the victim's room but thought it was the TV.
Officers initially arrested Lundell in February. He denied the allegations, saying they just watched a movie that night. He refused to submit to DNA testing. At the time, Utah County Attorney's Office elected not to file charges until DNA results from the Utah State Crime Lab corroborated the victim's account, police said. DNA samples collected via warrant later supported the victim's story.Police booked Lundell into Utah County Jail on Wednesday. Bail has been set at $100,000. Police noted Lundell had previously been arrested several times for unlawful conduct with a minor.
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