USC player agrees to plea deal in sex case

San Francisco Chronicle - - SCOREBOARD - AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Osa Masina, a sus­pended USC foot­ball player ac­cused of sex­ual as­sault in Utah, pleaded guilty Thurs­day to mis­de­meanor charges in a deal with pros­e­cu­tors.

The agree­ment car­ries no pos­si­ble state prison time for Masina, 20, but he could be sen­tenced to three years in county jail and pro­ba­tion. Masina won’t be listed as a sex of­fender.

Masina was ini­tially charged with rape and two counts of forcible sodomy, all felonies. The wo­man tes­ti­fied that Masina as­saulted her af­ter ed­i­ble mar­i­juana and al­co­hol left her nearly un­able to move at a July 2016 party in the Salt Lake City sub­urb of Cot­ton­wood Heights.

Masina, who is not ecpected to re­turn to the USC team, con­tended the en­counter was con­sen­sual but didn’t take into ac­count the wo­man’s clear im­pair­ment.

Auburn says it has re­ceived a fed­eral grand jury sub­poena in the bribery case against bas­ket­ball as­so­ci­ate head coach Chuck Per­son, and Ok­la­homa State has also been sub­poe­naed to de­tail its com­mu­ni­ca­tions with three key play­ers as part of bribery scan­dal that’s thrown col­lege bas­ket­ball into tur­moil.

Also, a fed­eral judge in New York has re­fused to im­pose bail for Adi­das rep­re­sen­ta­tive James Gatto, who is em­broiled in the scan­dal.

La­mont Evans, an as­sis­tant coach at Ok­la­homa State who was fired af­ter be­ing charged in the case, was freed on $100,000 bond Thurs­day af­ter ap­pear­ing in the same court­room.

They are among 10 peo­ple charged last month in an al­leged scheme to bribe as­sis­tant coaches in ex­change for steer­ing topflight NBA prospects to a par­tic­u­lar agent or fi­nan­cial ad­viser.

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