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Jacob Anderson is walking away with no jail time and will not have to register as a sex offender after raping a sophomore student at an off-campus party. The victim told the judge that Anderson sexually assaulted her, repeatedly choked her and left her for dead after she fell unconscious. Anderson will have to pay a $400 fine and attend counseling. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
A Texas judge on Monday accepted a plea bargain allowing a former #BaylorUniversity fraternity president accused of rape to avoid serving jail time, prompting outrage from the former Baylor student who filed the complaint and her parents.
Jacob Anderson, 23, is accused of drugging and raping a woman repeatedly at the party. He will serve no jail time, according to the Waco Tribune-Herald.
Police said a woman reported Anderson sexually assaulted her after she drank punch he gave her at a fraternity party and grew disoriented. A friend took her to the hospital for an examination and hospital staff notified police.
Anderson, who is originally from Garland, was arrested, expelled and indicted on four counts of sexual assault. He pleaded no contest to unlawful restraint, a state jail felony, and received deferred probation, the Tribune-Herald reported. A no contest plea means a defendant does not admit guilt, but will offer no defense.
He made a deal with the current Waco district attorney: instead of going to jail he would get three years of probation. He also agreed to pay a $400 fine and get counseling.
The woman who accused Anderson said she was devastated by Judge Ralph Strother's decision and described the county's justice system as "severely broken." An online petition had been created to oppose the plea agreement, which the woman said more than 85,000 people have signed. The four counts of sexual assault were dropped and he won't have to register as a sex offender.
Baylor was engulfed in a sexual assault scandal tied to its football program in 2016, ultimately leading to the departure of several school leaders. #metoo#billcosby#jacobanderson
Straight off the #dcag news desk: No Jail Time. A judge accepted a plea deal allowing a former Baylor University student accused of raping a woman at a frat party to avoid serving time in jail. “I am devastated by your decision to let my rapist Jacob Walter Anderson go free...” -Victim
Where is the #metoo movement? #rape#free#bayloruniversity
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A former #BaylorUniversity frat president who was indicted for allegedly sexually assaulting a fellow student will not serve jail time or register as a #sexoffender under a plea deal accepted by a #Texas court on Monday, CBS affiliate KWTX-TV reports.
A judge in #WacoTexas, accepted the deal and sentenced #JacobWalterAnderson, 24, to three years of deferred #probation. Anderson must also pay a $400 fine and seek counseling. His criminal record will be expunged if and when he completes probation.
In a tearful statement to the court, Anderson's accuser said she was devastated by the decision to "let my rapist go free." "Jacob Walter Anderson, it must be horrible to be you," she said, according to KWTX. In her victim impact statement, she also said Anderson had "stolen" her virginity. "I had saved myself for my wedding night and Jacob Anderson stole that from me." Anderson initially faced years in prison and having to register for life as a sex offender when he was indicted in 2016 on four sexual assault counts. Under the deal with prosecutors, he pleaded no contest to one charge of unlawful restraint, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Anderson had agreed to the plea deal in October, but 19th District Court Judge Ralph Strother had final say on accepting it after a pre-sentence investigation. If the judge turned down the deal, the case could have gone to trial.
Attorneys for the woman and Anderson did not immediately return messages from CBS News.
The accuser said Anderson, who was president of Baylor's Phi Delta Theta chapter, had raped her, choked her and left her unconscious at an off-campus party in February 2015. She was 19 at the time.
The woman initially said she was drugged at the party, but the McLennan County District Attorney's Office said it couldn't find evidence supporting her claim.