A freshman at Ohio’s Miami University has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct after posting a flyer titled “Top Ten Ways to Get Away with Rape” in a bathroom of one of the university’s co-ed dorms. The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that at the request of the student’s attorney, the case file has been sealed and the teen’s identity will not be revealed to the public.
Dennis Deters, the student’s attorney, worked out the plea deal after weeks of negotiations with Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser. Gmoser said that his main concern was that the young man accept responsibility for his actions.
“My concern was acceptance of responsibility,” he said to the Enquirer. “There’s a realization by all concerned, especially by the young man, that this was a really dumb thing. This is one of those cases where you say, ‘Why make a federal case out of it?’”
“RAPE RAPE RAPE,” read suggestion number 10, “its [sic] college boys live it up!!”
The now-former student is facing a fine of less than $100.
Gmoser said that sealing the court record is fairly normal for defendants trying to escape negative attention. “That’s probably how the defense wanted to operate under the circumstances to protect his client from adverse publicity. That happens all the time,” he said.
Miami University spokesperson Claire Wagner told the Enquirer that the university handled the matter through its internal disciplinary process and could not reveal any information about the case or the student due to federal privacy laws.
Prosecutor Gmoser said that the student is no longer enrolled at Miami University, but that he does not know whether he dropped out or was expelled.
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