No jail time for Baylor fraternity president accused of rape

WACO, Texas (AP) — A Texas judge has accepted a plea deal allowing a former Baylor University fraternity president accused of rape to avoid serving jail time.

The plea deal had prompted outrage from the former Baylor student who filed the complaint and her parents, who had urged Judge Ralph Strother to reject the deal.

The Waco Tribune-Herald reports Strother accepted the plea deal Monday for Jacob Walter Anderson, who was indicted on sexual assault charges in 2016 and pleaded no contest to a lesser charge of unlawful restraint. A no contest plea means a defendant does not admit guilt, but will offer no defense.

The ex-Phi Delta Theta president agrees to seek counseling and pay a $400 fine. Anderson will not be forced to register as a sex offender.

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Former Baylor University fraternity president Jacob Anderson walks out of the courtroom Monday Dec. 10, 2018. Mr. Anderson, accused of rape, will serve no jail time after a Waco district judge accepted a plea bargain for deferred probation. (Jerry Larson/Waco Tribune Herald via AP)
In this April 19, 2018 photo, State District Court Judge Ralph Strother leaves his courtroom at the McLennan County Courthouse in Waco, Texas. Strother on Monday accepted a plea agreement by former Baylor University fraternity president Jacob Anderson in Waco, Texas. Mr. Anderson accused of rape will serve no jail time after a Waco district judge accepted a plea bargain for deferred probation (Rod Aydelotte/Waco Tribune-Herald via AP)
This photo provided by the McLennan County Sheriff's Office in Waco, Texas, shows Jacob Anderson. A judge in Texas on Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, accepted a plea bargain that allows Anderson, a former Baylor University fraternity president accused of raping a woman at a fraternity party, to avoid serving jail time, marking at least the third time the judge has approved probation for men accused of sexually assaulting Baylor students. (McLennan County Sheriff's Office via AP)
In this Monday December 10, 2018 photo, former Baylor University fraternity president Jacob Anderson walks out of the courtroom in Waco, Texas. Anderson, accused of rape, will serve no jail time after a Waco district judge accepted a plea bargain for deferred probation (Jerry Larson/Waco Tribune-Herald via AP)
In this Monday, December 10, 2018 photo, 19th State District Court Judge Ralph Strother reads the plea agreement by former Baylor University fraternity president Jacob Anderson in Waco, Texas. Mr. Anderson, accused of rape will serve no jail time after Strother accepted a plea bargain for deferred probation. (Jerry Larson, Waco Tribune Herald via AP)
Former Baylor University fraternity president Jacob Anderson adjust his tie in the courtroom Monday Dec. 10, 2018 in Waco, Texas. Mr. Anderson, accused of rape, will serve no jail time after a Waco district judge accepted a plea bargain for deferred probation. (Jerry Larson/Waco Tribune Herald via AP)
In this Monday December 10, 2018, photo former Baylor University fraternity president Jacob Anderson, left, prepares to exit the courtroom in Waco, Texas. Mr. Anderson, accused of rape, will serve no jail time after a Waco district judge accepted a plea bargain for deferred probation. (Jerry Larson, Waco Tribune Herald via AP)
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