Charlotte 49ers QB Kevin Olsen released on bail after arrest on rape charges
More than a year after his arrest, a trial date has been set for former UNC Charlotte quarterback Kevin Olsen in connection with rape accusations made in Charlotte.
Olsen, 23, will stage his defense starting Sept. 17 in Mecklenburg County Superior Court, his attorney says. He has denied the accusations and rejected a plea deal. He faces six charges in all, including multiple rape counts that each carry up to 10 years of prison.
"The trial date has been set, and we've been ready to go since day one, our first appearance in court," defense attorney George Laughrun said Tuesday.
Asked to describe Olsen's reaction to having a trial date set, Laughrun declined comment.
The case has been highly publicized because of Olsen’s role on UNCC’s football team, as well as the fact that he is the younger brother of Carolina Panthers star Greg Olsen.
Kevin Olsen, who was a backup quarterback, was arrested Feb. 19, 2017, in Charlotte and will be tried on three counts of felony second-degree forcible rape, assault on a female and second-degree sex offense (forcible fondling), according to court records.
The alleged assaults took place in Olsen’s apartment near the UNCC campus, and involved a former UNCC student he was then dating, the Charlotte Observer previously reported. Olsen's accuser and her family have attended most of Olsen's preliminary court appearances.
Investigators say Olsen was intoxicated and also threatened to strangle himself with a phone charger moments before the alleged assault, the Observer reported last year.
Assistant District Attorney Kristen Northrup said in a court appearance last year that Olsen and the 23-year-old accuser went out drinking the night of the incident but became separated. During their time apart, Olsen sent her a text threatening to kill her, Northrup said in court.
When the pair reunited at his apartment early the next morning, the argument “flared again,” the Observer quoted Northrop as saying in court.
Olsen punched the victim in the face and then sexually assaulted her three times, investigators say.
When he fell asleep, the woman slipped out and went to Carolinas HealthCare System University, where she was found to have vaginal injuries and bruising around one eye, the Observer previously reported.
Olsen briefly appeared in court earlier this year, then stormed out when Mecklenburg County Superior Court Judge Bob Bell denied his request to remove the monitoring device he’d worn for about a year, the Observer reported in February.