Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017

Suspended USC player agrees to plea deal in sex assault case

By The Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A suspended University of Southern California football player accused of sexual assault in Utah has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges in a deal with prosecutors.

The agreement made Thursday carries no possible prison time for 20-year-old Osa Masina. Attorney Greg Skordas says it gives Masina a chance to move on.

But his accuser's attorney Bethany Warr said the guilty pleas to three reduced counts of sexual battery are "grossly disproportionate" for what she calls a violent sexual assault.

Prosecutors say the deal carries up to three years in jail and is appropriate after a judge excluded key evidence.

Masina is a Utah native and played as a linebacker for USC.

2017-10-12 16:46:34 GMT

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