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Md. Man Pleads To Lesser Charges In Pa. Rape Case

WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) — A Maryland man charged with raping a southwestern Pennsylvania university student during an off-campus party has pleaded guilty to lesser crimes.

Harold Stanback Jr., of Capitol Heights, Md., pleaded guilty to open lewdness and harassment on Monday rather than face trial on rape and other charges.

Stanback, 26, was a student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania when he was charged in December with raping an 18-year-old woman from California University of Pennsylvania, another state-owned school. Stanback is no longer enrolled at IUP.

Stanback was visiting a fraternity at California U. when the woman reported the rape. He had claimed the sex was consensual.

Stanback was immediately sentenced to one year on probation and fined $300 after Monday’s guilty pleas before a Washington County judge.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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