Michigan wide receiver Grant Perry is no longer facing misdemeanor sexual conduct charges after accepting a plea deal Wednesday.
According to the Lansing State Journal, Perry pled guilty to a felony count of resisting a police officer. As part of that plea, the charges relating to accusation that he groped a woman were dropped.
In exchange, prosecutors dropped two counts of misdemeanor fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct and an alcohol charge.
Perry allegedly groped the woman while in line to get into a bar in Lansing, Michigan, on Oct. 15 during Michigan’s bye week. After police were called following the alleged incident, he then tried to run away from officers. While Perry was trying to escape law enforcement, an officer was allegedly injured. He denied that he groped the woman below the waist on Wednesday.
“We tried to cut in line and we got into an argument,” Perry told Judge Joyce Draganchuk during Wednesday morning’s hearing. “I proceeded to push her out of my way.”
Perry, a junior wide receiver from Royal Oak, also said he “tried to wriggle away” from East Lansing police when they arrived on the scene.
Perry was suspended for two games following his arrest and then suspended from the team indefinitely after he was charged in December. At the time of the indefinite suspension, the team said he would be suspended “until the legal process is completed.”
Well, that last quote didn’t come to full fruition. Perry was back practicing with the team earlier this month according to coach Jim Harbaugh.
Harbaugh later added that Perry would not “represent the team on the field in games” until the legal process plays out completely.
“He won’t represent the team on the field in games until the case is finalized, until there’s closure,” Harbaugh said June 17. “He’s always had the opportunity to get treatment, to get academic support, to be in the university. He’s still a functioning member of the university. The latest step was to allow him to train and to workout with the team. To have an opportunity, if it comes this season, seems fair. So that was the decision that was made.”
As of Wednesday night, his status with the team has not changed.
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Perry, Michigan’s leading returning receiver, is set to be sentenced on Aug. 2 regarding the felony charge. He could be sentenced under Michigan’s Holmes Youthful Trainee Act, which can allow someone between the ages of 17 and 21 the ability to get probation for certain offenses. If he’s not sentenced under the HYTA, he could face a maximum sentence of two years in prison.
We’ve all heard about people applying for jobs, school, public benefits or fighting over custody and having something they did in the past surface and keep them from moving forward. The Holmes Youthful Trainee Act (HYTA), helps young people keep a youthful mistake off their record, so they don’t have to worry about one lapse of judgment ruining their future. Essentially, a youthful offender has the opportunity to get a second chance.
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