LOGAN — The former president of a Utah State University fraternity accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a party has pleaded guilty to reduced charges.
Ryan Wray, 26, accepted a plea deal Monday and admitted to attempted forcible sexual abuse, a third-degree felony, the Cache County Attorney's Office confirmed. Wray was originally charged with forcible sexual abuse, a first-degree felony.
Wray was a member and former president of the Pi Kappa Alphas, an off-campus fraternity known in Logan as the "pike house." He has since been suspended from the fraternity and the university. Fraternity activities were also suspended for almost a month by USU.
Wray was arrested in March after a woman reported to law enforcement that she had been drinking and fell asleep at the fraternity house, waking to find Wray touching her inappropriately, according to police. Wray had apparently been designated by the fraternity to assist inebriated women.
As part of the plea, prosecutors have agreed to recommend a year in jail rather than prison and treatment at the Northern Utah Correctional Center in Ogden. Wray will also be required to register as a sex offender for 10 years following probation.
Prosecutor Barbara Lachmar said the victim in the case is satisfied with the plea.
"I think the victim is relieved that he took responsibility for his conduct and we did not have to litigate this. That's always a much better route than having to fight it out in court," Lachmar said. "I think she is grateful it's resolved and she doesn't have to worry about testifying."
Sentencing in the case has been set for Dec. 14.
Wray is the first of two USU fraternity members to face sexual abuse charges this year.
Brian Relopez, 27, of Hemet, California, has been ordered to stand trial on charges of aggravated sexual assault and rape, both first-degree felonies. Relopez was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity when investigators say he sexually assaulted two women he met through the school's Greek system.
Relopez has pleaded not guilty. A four-day jury trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 8.
USU banned alcohol from Pi Kappa Alpha and Sigma Chi events and sanctioned the fraternities in September following Relopez's arrest. The two fraternities are not allowed to recruit new members for year.
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