BURLEY — Two Mini-Cassia men have been charged with rape in separate cases.

Michael Clayton, 22, of Burley, is charged with two counts of felony rape, after Cassia County Sheriff detectives said he had sex in 2016 with a 16-year-old girl when he was 20 years old.

The girl told investigators she met him through friends and at the time he told her he was 18 years old. The girl said they had sex on two different occasions in his pickup truck at Milner Dam.

She said she told him they needed to end the relationship because of the age difference, but he told her no and that no one would find out. The girl’s parents intervened and ended the relationship.

A preliminary hearing is set for Friday in Cassia County Magistrate Court.

TJ Layne Speers, 19, of Rupert, was charged in Cassia County with four counts of felony rape, after the Rupert Police Department contacted the Cassia County Sheriff’s Office to inform them that Speers was having sex with a 14-year-old girl at a Burley residence between Jan 1 and June 30.

Speers was 18 years old at the time.

Speers told police that he had a sexual relationship with the girl that “involved protected sex.” He told investigators they had sex four times in the girl’s bedroom but he couldn’t remember the dates or her address.

He said he broke it off with her because of their age difference.

When the girl was first questioned by detectives she denied the sexual relationship and did not want to go into detail, but eventually she said the sex occurred at her home.

No hearings are currently set in the case.

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