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“Guess dumbass never heard about the Me Too movement.”
Kenneth from Rosebud
A plea bargain that would give deferred probation to a former Baylor University fraternity president accused of sexual assault has spawned a social media backlash, a petition and a letter-writing campaign seeking to persuade the judge to reject it.
In exchange for his plea, the McLennan County District Attorney’s Office dismissed four counts of sexual assault and recommended three years of deferred probation, a $400 fine and counseling.
Strother declined comment Wednesday on the uproar.
On Monday, the judge told Anderson that he will be able to withdraw his no-contest plea if the judge decides not to accept the plea agreement. That is what an ever-growing list of protesters is asking the judge to do.
The first protest was lodged last month by the victim and her parents through a motion filed by their attorney, Vic Feazell, a former McLennan County district attorney. The family said they feel betrayed by the district attorney’s office and are disappointed that they were not included more in the progression of the case.
Guy Cox, one of three attorneys who accompanied Anderson to court on Monday, declined comment Wednesday on the protests.
The woman reported she was at a fraternity party at a house in the 2600 block of South Third Street in February 2016 and someone handed her punch and told her to drink it, according to arrest affidavits. Shortly thereafter, she became disoriented, and Anderson took her to a secluded part of the grounds behind a tent so she could get some air, the affidavit states. Once they were away from the crowd, he sexually assaulted her, according to the documents.