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Former assistant professor sentenced to probation

By Katherine Wartell

A former visiting assistant professor at Kansas State University entered an Alford plea Thursday afternoon on the amended charge of lewd and lascivious behavior for reportedly assaulting a female friend in 2007.

In court, District Judge Meryl Wilson sentenced William Yankey, 29, to 36 months probation for the count of lewd and lascivious behavior, as well as one count of criminal trespass and one count of battery.

An Alford plea acts as a guilty or no contest plea, but the defendant still asserts his innocence in the case. In court, Judge Wilson found Yankey guilty of all counts.

The charges were amended from the original charge of rape, for which Yankey went to trial in May, following a plea agreement with the state, represented by Senior Deputy County Attorney Barry Disney.
Yankey’s trial ended in mistrial after jurors could not come to a consensus.

Yankey was sentenced to an underlying jail sentence of 18 months should he fail to follow the terms of his unsupervised probation. As part of his probation, Yankey is banned from Aggieville and he is not allowed to contact the victim, a now-27-year-old woman.

According to previous court testimony, Yankey assaulted the former friend when he visited her and her husband at their Manhattan home in December 2007.

It was testified that following a night out in Aggieville, Yankey digitally penetrated and groped the victim the victim as she slept in her bedroom while her husband was not present.

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