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Tuesday, April 23, 2024

UF student sentenced to four months in jail for fall sexual assault case

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A UF student pleaded no contest Thursday to charges of sexually assaulting another UF student in 2007 in his Springs Complex dorm room.

John J. Petracco, 19, was sentenced to four months in jail followed by two years of house arrest, said Spencer Mann, spokesman for the State Attorney's Office.

After that, Petracco will be on probation for three years, during which time he may have to participate in psychological treatment, unannounced inspections of his home and polygraph tests, Mann said.

Because of weaknesses in their case, prosecutors had been discussing the possibility of a plea deal for quite some time, Mann said.

According to Petracco's arrest report, the victim told police she was intoxicated on the night of Oct. 16, 2007 and agreed to stay in Petracco's dorm room because she had known him for four years and didn't think it was "a big deal."

She "passed out" in a bed but then felt her pants and underwear being pulled down and felt Petracco begin to have sex with her.

Petracco's roommate, William D. Martin, told police he remembered seeing Petracco "mount" the intoxicated victim that night and did not see her move or hear her make any sounds.

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