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Duluth News Tribune, Published January 05 2010

Former Hibbing CC football player enters plea in assault case

HIBBING, Minn. — One of four Hibbing Community College football players accused in the gang rape of an 18-year-old woman in 2006 has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge in an agreement with prosecutors.

Twenty-three-year-old Andrew Jonathan Williams of Milwaukee entered the plea to second-degree criminal sexual conduct in St. Louis County District Court Monday. Prosecutors say that under terms of the agreement, Williams will serve 45 days in jail and two years probation. Williams was also promised a stay of adjudication. That means he won't have to register as a sex offender as long as he complies with sanctions ordered by the judge.

The Duluth News Tribune reports three other former Hibbing players have pleaded not guilty to first-degree criminal sexual conduct. The football program was disbanded shortly after charges were filed, citing academic shortcomings by many of the players.