Bojan Vuckovic's light sentence after sex-assault charge inspires End Rape Culture protest

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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Big photos below.
The original reports about sex-assault accusations against Fort Collins' Bojan Vuckovic were horrific: The victim in the case is said to have vomited so much blood that she required a significant transfusion at a hospital. Yet while Vuckovic was ultimately convicted on a minor count, he was acquitted of rape.

This morning, Vuckovic is being sentenced on the lesser charge, triggering a protest by a group called End Rape Culture. Meanwhile, a Vuckovic pal has pleaded not guilty to a rape allegation of his own.

According to the Fort Collins Coloradoan, Vuckovic, 24, worked as a barback at Yeti Bar and Grill in Old Town Fort Collins, while his roommate, Dennis Hanson, 29, served as a bartender at the same establishment. They were subsequently fired after accusations against them came to light.

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Old Town Fort Collins.
What happened? On the evening of December 18, 2012, Vuckovic and Hanson are said to have invited two young women, ages nineteen and eighteen, respectively, back to their place, provided them with multiple alcohol shots and then had sex with them.

Were these acts consensual? Authorities didn't think so, and offered as evidence the condition of the nineteen year old who had been with Vuckovic. Early on December 19, as reported by the Coloradoan, she was found on the porch of a home near Vuckovic's wearing only a pink towel despite temperatures in the mid-thirties. Still wet from a shower, she was described as vomiting blood and bleeding from a cut near her genitals. In addition, she was described as suffering from bruising on her neck and "broken blood vessels around her eyes consistent with strangulation."

At an area hospital, she was given four pints of blood and one pint of plasma.

When it came time for the trial, however, the woman's inability to remember anything after downing the shots made getting a sex-assault conviction problematic. In the end, a jury found Vuckovic guilty only of providing alcohol to a minor.

This verdict incensed End Rape Culture, which staged a protest march reportedly featuring signs like this one....

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...and this one:

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The plan for Vuckovic's sentencing is described on a Facebook event page: "We will be meeting outside the court house...and sit together on right hand side. (Prosecution side). We won't be allowed to bring in posters or such but one person is designing a t-shirt that says 'Rape Is Not Cool.'"

In the meantime, the Coloradoan notes that Hanson has entered a not-guilty plea in regard to his own rape accusation. A preliminary hearing in his case, held earlier this year, included assertions of multiple injuries sustained by the woman: At the hospital, she was reportedly crying and in pain.

As for Hanson, he initially denied having sex with the woman but later told the cops he'd taken Viagra and Adderall in anticipation of doing just that. A video on Hanson's cell phone was also shared: In it, a man's voice asks if he can "do whatever I want to you?"

Vuckovic is being sentenced at 10:30 a.m. today at the Larimer County Courthouse. Here's a larger look at his booking photo, followed by Hanson's mug shot.

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Bojan Vuckovic.

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Dennis Hanson.

More from our Colorado Crimes archive circa May: "Dony Salazar's DNA ties him to rape a month before he stabbed a pregnant woman."

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18 comments
dianahanson9
dianahanson9

I am sure it is way too late to ask a few questions 1) where was the young lady that was with Dennis - oh wait in bed with him hours later 2) if Bo was found NOT GUILTY does that mean that the entire jury was mistaken? 3) does the justice system in the United States mean nothing except in Colorado home of the "pot heads"? 

Amanda Ginger Greenwalt
Amanda Ginger Greenwalt

and this is why young females should not get drunk with people they do not know!! this is HORRIBLE!!! i can not explian my rage of emotions i am feeling right now! i hope these guys get whats coming to them in the end!@!!!!

Pam Morgan Metzger
Pam Morgan Metzger

What a travesty of justice. Will they get any jail time? If so maybe they will get a little taste of their own medicine. We can only hope....

Eric Delgado
Eric Delgado

Blame the system... That gets results....

Eric Delgado
Eric Delgado

This group posts signs for a rape! Legally he was NOT convicted of rape. So back to guilty without proof? Right?

fc2006dj
fc2006dj

I am sure I will get tons of hate for this, but here we go: I was privileged to many aspects of this case and visited the trial multiple times including the actual trial. Legally, all I can say is that there is more to this case than what the Coloradoan reported on.( Rape Shield Laws prevent me from saying more, sorry) They clearly have a agenda. For example, they always made sure to let us know that the 2 men worked in old town. If they worked for Wal-Mart, would we keep hearing about Wal-Mart for a year straight??  Another unfortunate thing about this case is many people( END Rape Culture specifically) immediately assumed Bojan and Dennis were guilty before the trial even started.There are clear cut cases like stubenville where the 2 men took advantage of a poor drunk girl and then actually bragged about it on video. Side note: the anonymous user now faces 10 years for that, wtf? However, there are other cases were it is not so clear cut like this one. If you think I am wrong, Google "Duke Lacrosse Rape case". That is why it took so long to finally go to trial and Bojan was acquitted. Many people even commented that he was a "player" and therefore deserved to go to prison. How the heck is that fair or equal?? That's like saying "she was a slut, so she wanted to be raped". I understand what rape culture is and I agree that it does exist, but I also acknowledge that it is important to gather ALL evidence from BOTH sides before you make a judgement call. That is what our court system is for.

Ell Marree
Ell Marree

I cannot "like" this post...this is bs, this young girl will NEVER be the same...sick bastards and worse, the system that let them get away with this!!!

punkcurmudgeon
punkcurmudgeon

I was there today in my t-shirt but his sentencing was continued until Nov. He continues to avoid any kind of punishment at all for his actions.

brandibrandi
brandibrandi

Thank you for writing this story. The Coloradoan has done a crappy job with this case. More people need to become aware of the RAPE problem and the problem of rapists "getting off" (so to speak). 

Pam Stiffler
Pam Stiffler

Cut his dick off & shove it up his ass and say it was consensual. He'll lose some blood, but they can fill him back up and send him on his way. He had to have agreed if he put himself in a situation that this would have happened. What...he can't remember. That's OK...he'd never forget.

Marc Bayes
Marc Bayes

It's Fort Collins not Denver.. Sadly the verdict doesn't surprise me at all.

Stephanie Ann Hast-Clow
Stephanie Ann Hast-Clow

they should post their pictures all over town....warn the public. They will do this again.... billboards would be a good idea too.

Amber Rae
Amber Rae

Aww. That poor girl!! How the hell does medical DNA work for murders/rapes.... Yet a medical report saying this girl had been raped and strangled isn't enough to convict a man of a violent rape?... Viagra and adderall.... These poor girls weren't raped for a few minutes!! They were raped by angry testosterone driven-hopped up men. As long as it took.... And then they were told they don't remember enough to convict these men. Our court system just failed these ladies. Badly

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