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Rugde Joashua Hyppolite

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A man accused of committing felony sexual assault in a dorm room at North Iowa Area Community College while he was a student there has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge. 

Rugde Joashua Hyppolite, 20, of Naples, Florida, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor first-degree harassment Monday.

The maximum penalty for that charge is up to two years in prison. 

In return for his guilty plea, the Cerro Gordo County Attorney's Office will recommend a suspended prison sentence and a suspended fine with one year of supervised probation, according to court documents. 

A sentencing date has not been set. 

Hyppolite's guilty plea states that on Oct. 1, 2017, he communicated with another "with the intent to intimidate, annoy or alarm," and the communication involved a threat to commit a forcible felony. 

Hyppolite originally was accused of performing an unwanted sex act on a woman on Oct. 1, 2017. 

Hyppolite had signed as a point guard on NIACC's basketball team that summer, but he was no longer on the team's online roster when the Globe Gazette checked it after his Oct. 3 arrest. 

An official with the college the Globe spoke to after Hyppolite's arrest said he had been a student until "very recently," but would not elaborate on the time period. 

Hyppolite was tried by a Cerro Gordo County jury on a charge of third-degree sexual abuse in August 2018. 

The jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict, so a mistrial was declared. 

Hyppolite was scheduled to be tried again on the sexual abuse charge on July 23 of this year, but shortly before the trial he chose to have a plea change hearing instead.

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