Former WSU professor pleads guilty to reduced charge in rape case

Gavel_3A former Washington State University professor arrested last year on charges of felony rape has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge.

52-year-old Andrew Appleton was accused last year of sexually assaulting a woman – starting when she was 16 – for more than a year in Moscow. He pleaded guilty in 2nd District Court Wednesday to felony injury to a child as part of a plea agreement.

Appleton is scheduled for sentencing September 30th. He faces up to 10 years in prison, a $50,000 fine, or both.

The woman, who is now 19, contacted police in September 2012 and told investigators Appleton had sexually assaulted her in several locations, including Moscow, Sandpoint, Idaho, California and Texas. The Latah County case only pertained to the instances alleged to have occurred in Moscow between February 2010 and September 2011.

According to court documents, Appleton was later arrested after police recorded phone calls between the victim and Appleton during which he did not deny having sex with the girl.

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