Bakersfield High grad, Washington football player pleads not guilty to rape

Tylin Rogers is accused of raping two women last fall.

A former Bakersfield High School football player who plays at the University of Washington pleaded not guilty to two counts of felony rape in court on Thursday. 

Tylin “Tybo” Rogers, 18, is accused of raping two women last year. 


The big picture: Rogers was arrested in Seattle’s University District on April 5th, accused of sexually assaulting two women during the fall of last year, one in October and one in November.

  • The victims allege that Roger raped them after meeting one on Tinder and another at a Halloween party on Greek Row at the University of Washington.
  • One of the accusers requested a protection order, claiming Roger is dangerous, aggressive, and did not give her the opportunity to consent to the sexual acts performed against her.
  • Both victims told investigators that Rogers became aggressive, slapping and choking one at one point, and that they could not push him off due to his size difference.
  • Court documents state that Rogers left the victim’s apartment and blocked her on Instagram after assaulting her in October.

Go deeper: Rogers, a sophomore running back for UW, played in the Sugar Bowl and College Football Playoff championship game against Michigan despite being suspended for the Pac-12 championship game due to “challenges he’s had off the field,” according to his coaches.

  • Multiple emails and text messages were found within the UW athletic department discussing Roger’s suspension from the team.
  • Rogers’ next court appearance is scheduled for May 21st, with a trial date set for July.
  • He has been ordered to stay away from both victims, surrender any firearms, and not to commit any new crimes. He is also currently suspended from the team. 
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