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Suspended USC player agrees to plea deal in sex case

A suspended University of Southern California football player accused of sexual assault in Utah pleaded guilty Thursday to misdemeanor charges in a deal with prosecutors.

The agreement carries no possible state prison time for 20-year-old Osa Masina, but he could be sentenced to three years in county jail and probation.

Prosecutors haven't decided what sentence they'll seek at a hearing in December, prosecutor Donna Kelly said.

Masina won't be listed as a sex offender.

Defense attorney Greg Skordas said the plea gives his client a chance to 'pick up the pieces' at some point.

Osa Masina, 20, a suspended University of Southern California football player accused of sexual assault in Utah, pleaded guilty Thursday to misdemeanor charges in a deal with prosecutors. He is seen above in an October 2016 file photo

Osa Masina, 20, a suspended University of Southern California football player accused of sexual assault in Utah, pleaded guilty Thursday to misdemeanor charges in a deal with prosecutors. He is seen above in an October 2016 file photo

His accuser's attorney Bethany Warr said the guilty pleas to three counts of sexual battery are 'grossly disproportionate' for what she called a violent sexual assault.

The agreement was the best prosecutors could do after Judge Keith Kelly excluded key evidence, she said.

'Their case has been gutted, essentially,' she said.

The case is among a series of sex abuse prosecutions across the country involving collegiate athletes that have brought

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