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Md. man pleads to lesser charges in Pa. rape case

Tuesday - 7/17/2012, 10:03am  ET

WASHINGTON, Pa. - A Maryland man charged with raping a southwestern Pennsylvania university student during an off-campus party has pleaded guilty to lesser crimes.

Twenty-six-year-old Harold Stanback Jr., of Capitol Heights, Md., pleaded guilty to open lewdness and harassment on Monday rather than face trial on rape and other charges.

Stanback was a student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania when he was charged in December with raping an 18-year-old woman from California University of Pennsylvania, another state-owned school. Stanback is no longer enrolled at IUP.

Stanback was visiting a fraternity at California U. when the woman reported the rape. He had claimed the sex was consensual.

Stanback was immediately sentenced to one year on probation and fined $300 after Monday's guilty pleas before a Washington County judge.

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