Guilty plea in student assault at college campus

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CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) _ A former student at St. Louis Community College’s Meramec campus has pleaded guilty to assaulting a female student in a bathroom, a crime that led to criticism of how the response was handled, and the ouster of some top officials.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 20-year-old Jevon Mallory pleaded guilty Friday to felony assault. Sentencing is Dec. 12.

Mallory was caught choking Blythe Grupe in a women’s bathroom at the campus in Kirkwood on April 18, 2013. She was treated for neck and face injuries.

Mallory was released within hours of the attack even though he admitted to it. Other students, faculty and staff were not immediately alerted to the attack. Several officials were ousted or resigned, including the campus president.