UD's Devon Scott avoids jail in April assault case

University of Dayton basketball player Devon Scott won't serve any jail time after pleading guilty to disorderly conduct against the mother of his son.

Though he didn't appear in Dayton Municipal Court with his attorney, Scott was sentenced Monday by Judge Deirdre Logan to 40 hours of community service to be completed by Nov. 30, a suspended 30-day sentence, a $250 fine with half of that suspended, and court costs.

Scott also must show proof of completing a domestic violence program and will be on non-reporting probation for one year in which he has no new offenses.

Monday, UD officials said Scott, 20, has been reinstated as a student and to the basketball team. He had been suspended from team activities.

As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dropped an assault charge and amended the domestic violence charge to disorderly conduct, a fourth-degree misdemeanor. According to court documents, University of Dayton police brought the charges that accused Scott of "striking" and "dragging" Keonna Austin at 11 p.m. April 1.

"He's accepting this offer," said Scott's attorney, Michael Wright. The prosecutor's office objected to the plea being done by writing and not in person, but not the parameters of the agreement.

Wright said Scott has completed domestic violence education at the Artemis House and been through counseling.

"Mr. Scott has never been in trouble before," Wright said. "There should not be any future incidents, your Honor."

UD's public safety department refused to release the report from the incident that happened in the 200 block of Caldwell Street. Prosecutors said surveillance video shows Scott dragging Austin across the ground. Wright said Austin was "breaking things" inside Scott's residence, but that Scott should have "handled it in a different manner."

Logan said Austin agreed to the plea offer. Scott became a father during the season when his girlfriend gave birth to Devon Henry Scott Jr. on Feb. 2.

Scott, a 6-foot-9 sophomore center, averaged 3.4 points and 2.7 rebounds for a Flyers team that reached the NCAA Tournament's Elite 8.

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