Former USC linebacker Osa Masina pleads guilty to sexual battery

Masina, 20, pleaded guilty to 3 charges of sexual battery during a hearing on Thursday morning in Salt Lake City.

Aaron Falk of the Salt Lake Tribune reported details on the plea deal.

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Masina was scheduled to stand trial next week on a first-degree felony charge of rape and two first-degree felony charges of forcible sodomy.

Masina and former linebacker Don Hill were suspended from the football team in September of 2016 amid an investigation into the sexual assault of a 19-year-old woman. Upon conviction, each charge would have been punishable with a maximum sentence of life in prison. She alleged that she was intoxicated, fell asleep and woke up to Masina raping her. Amended charges filed on Thursday stated Masina "touched (the victim's) breast and buttocks in a matter (sic) that he should have known would have caused her affront or alarm".

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The indictment statement against Masina, based on the woman's interview, said he had non-consensual sex multiple times with her as she passed in and out of consciousness.

Prosecutors had come to the table with a plea deal after a judge ruled pornographic images on Masina's phone, testimony from the plaintiff's ex-boyfriend and other key pieces of evidence inadmissible.

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Masina last played with the Trojans in 2015.

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