Sophomore pleads guilty to October assaults in Merrill Hall

Canton sophomore John Rubio pleaded guilty Friday to charges stemming from the assaults of three other students in Merrill Hall in late October.

The 18-year-old was charged with one count of first-degree home invasion, criminal sexual conduct-assault with intent of penetration, fourth-degree sexual misconduct and two counts of assault and battery. The incident occurred around 3 a.m. on Oct. 27. He was arraigned on Oct. 29. in the Isabella County Trial Courthouse.

First degree home invasion is a 20-year felony, while CSC-assault with intent of penetration is a 10-year felony. Fourth-degree sexual misconduct is a two-year high court misdemeanor, and assault and battery is a 93-day misdemeanor.

Rubio's sentencing hearing is scheduled for 11:15 a.m. on May 23 in Judge Mark Duthie's courtroom.

A jury trial scheduled for Tuesday was cancelled after Rubio entered his guilty plea on Friday.

According to an affidavit acquired by Central Michigan Life, Rubio entered an unlocked room in Merrill Hall and got into bed with a student who he then sexually assaulted.

When roommates tried to remove Rubio from the room, he threw a punch at one and missed, pushing the other as he exited the room, the affidavit said.


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