He was a rising young federal prosecutor assigned to a high-profile serial murder case. She was a 16-year-old witness to a double murder. They met as he prepped her to testify in Utah and later had sex in the 27-year-old man's hotel room.

Three decades later, Terry Mitchell of Salt Lake City said in a Thursday interview with the Associated Press that she now recognizes it as a weekslong series of sexual assaults that had long-ranging effects on her life. Mitchell said she sued Roberts over the allegations because she wants to prevent anything similar from happening again.

While Richard W. Roberts acknowledges they had an inmate relationship, he denies assaulting her. The 62-year-old Roberts retired the day she sued him and plans to vigorously defend himself in court.