Teen given probation in Ohio in sex assault case not going to UD

A Massachusetts teenager accused of sexual assault won’t be attending the University of Dayton as initially reported, though it’s unclear where in Ohio he plans to attend college.

David Becker, 18, won’t have to register as a sex offender while on probation for two years after being accused of sexually assaulting two girls after a party in East Longmeadow, Mass., according to the Massachusetts newspaper The Republican.

Prosecutors pushed for two years in prison, but Palmer District Court Judge Thomas Estes continued the case without a conviction or acquittal for two years. He put Becker on probation, which includes a prohibition from using drugs or alcohol, The Republican reports.

The judge allowed Becker to serve his probation in Ohio, where Becker said he planned to attend college.

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Becker and his attorney had indicated he planned to attend the University of Dayton.

UD officials won’t discuss the issue, but released a statement saying “Mr. Becker will not be a student here this year.”

Becker’s case has reminded many of that of Brock Turner, the Oakwood High School graduate who will return to the Dayton area to serve probation after serving three months in jail for sexually assaulting a woman at Stanford University. Turner was convicted, so he will have to register as a sex offender.

Earlier this year, an in-depth investigation by this newspaper found that sexual assaults often go unreported on college campuses. When they are reported, they rarely lead to arrest and almost never lead to a prison sentence.