Arias Says She Was Forced Into Sex After Mormon Baptism

Accused murderer Jodi Arias was baptized into the Mormon church by her Mormon elder boyfriend Travis Alexander, who then proceeded to force her to have anal sex, she testified today in court.

Alexander's sisters, seated in the gallery of the courtroom where Arias testified, rolled their eyes and shook their heads as Arias described the anal sex experience.

Arias testified that two months after meeting Alexander, she converted to Mormonism and was baptized by Alexander in a public ceremony in which she stood in a large font. After the ceremony, she left with Alexander.

"We got back to the house, we went inside and we hugged. Words were exchanged, and we began to kiss, and things got intimate again," Arias said. "He spun me around, and he bent me over the bed and he was just on top of me. I thought he was going to keep kissing me."

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Arias said that instead, Alexander lifted up her skirt and pulled down her underwear and then took off his own pants.

"And then he began to have anal sex with me," she said.

"It's not something I expected to happen, and I can't say I wanted it to, but I didn't stop him," Arias said, speaking quietly and staring down at her hands in her lap.

Arias said that it was a painful experience, and she eventually asked Alexander to stop. Arias' mother and family members, seated in the courtroom, were expressionless as they listened to the details of the affair.

"I just went with his agenda, I guess you could say," Arias said softly.

"Shortly after, he left, and I didn't feel very good. I kind of felt like a used piece of toilet paper," she said.

Arias is on trial for murdering Alexander, whom she has admitted killing in a violent attack in June 2008 when she stabbed him 27 times, slashed his throat, and shot him in the back of the head. She could face the death penalty if convicted.

Arias, 32, claims she killed Alexander in self-defense, and her attorneys have used her time on the stand to try to paint a picture of Alexander as sex-obsessed and abusive, while portraying Arias as timid and mistreated.

They two dated for a year after they met at a business conference and began engaging in oral sex within a week of their first meeting, Arias said on the stand on Tuesday. Arias broke up with her live-in boyfriend of four years in order to date Alexander.

The relationship quickly evolved into an intense sexual affair in which Alexander would arrange for meetings and request oral and anal sex or "grinding," in which Alexander and Arias fooled around naked but did not have intercourse

"That's something a lot of Mormons do that they aren't suppose to. The Provo push," Arias said today.

The Mormon religion forbids premarital sex, but Alexander explained to Arias that they weren't breaking the Mormon law of chastity because they were not having vaginal intercourse.

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