A former fraternity president in Texas who allegedly raped a woman at a party will not serve any jail time.
Jacob Walter Anderson pleaded no contest to a lesser charge of unlawful restraint after agreeing to a plea deal, according to Time. Pleading no contest means there is no admission of guilt, but the accused will not defend himself against the charges.
Judge Ralph Strother sentenced him to deferred probation, and Anderson will not be required to register as a sex offender. He agreed to pay a $400 fine and seek counseling.
Anderson’s unidentified victim accused him of pressuring her to drink at a Baylor University frat party until she was heavily intoxicated. The woman said Anderson, who was president of Phi Delta Theta at the time, took her behind a tent and raped her while he choked and gagged her. Chron reports the ruling disheartened the victim.
The case marks the third time Strother has given a lenient sentence to a man accused of sexual assault. In October 2017, the judge sentenced Dontrell Lee Hullett to deferred probation and a fine after he pleaded guilty to the 2013 rape of an intoxicated Baylor student, according to The Waco Tribune-Herald. In June, Adrian Andres Ramos, also accused of raping a drunk student, received five years felony probation which carries a 30-year jail sentence. Like Hullett, Ramos pleaded guilty.
"I not only have to live with his rape and the repercussions of the rape; I have to live with the knowledge that the McLennan County justice system is severely broken," the woman said in a statement. "I have to live with the fact that after all these years and everything I have suffered; no justice was achieved."
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