Jones acquitted of rape
Former University of Minnesota football player Dominic Jones was acquitted Friday on charges of rape but was convicted of unwanted sexual contact, the Star Tribune reported.
Jones, 21, declined to comment on the verdict, saying he needed to focus on his studies. Jones has missed school since March 31, but is still on track to graduate this fall with a sociology degree.
Jones had been charged with third-degree sexual assault with a woman who was reportedly too drunk to give consent. If he had been convicted of that charge, Jones could have faced at least four years in prison.
Jones will be sentenced on May 29. He will likely get 24 months of a "stayed" sentence, meaning he would not have to serve time unless he breaks his probation.
Assistant Hennepin County Attorney Martha Holton Dimick waswas "extremely pleased" with the verdict.
The key evidence for the prosecution was a 30-second cell phone video that showed Jones masturbating over an unresponive victim. The incident happend last April.
Jones testifed he did not have sex with the woman but did masturbate over her, an act he said was consensual.