- Associated Press - Friday, October 24, 2014

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) - A former student at St. Louis Community College’s Meramec campus pleaded guilty Friday to assaulting a female student in a bathroom, a crime that led to criticism of how the response was handled, and the ouster of some top officials.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (https://bit.ly/1DIggbP ) reports that Jevon Mallory, now 20, pleaded guilty to felony assault. Sentencing is Dec. 12.

Mallory was caught choking Blythe Grupe in a women’s bathroom at the campus in Kirkwood on April 18, 2013. Authorities say Mallory either hid in a stall or followed Grupe into the bathroom, before grabbing her around the neck.

Police say the attack was interrupted when an instructor heard Grupe’s screams. She was treated for neck bruises, ruptured blood vessels and a cut on her face.

Mallory was released by campus officials within hours of the attack even though he admitted he was trying to “withdraw her from life,” and that he attacked the stranger to “vent his rage.” Other students, faculty and staff were not immediately alerted to the attack. Campus officials went public only after Grupe, then 19, told the media about the attack.

A report commissioned by the college board of trustees said the handling of the incident showed “a lack in leadership and management from key personnel at the district and campus levels.”

The police chief and a vice president of student affairs for the Meramec campus were removed, as was the police chief for the community college district. The president of the Meramec campus resigned, and Chancellor Myrtle Dorsey left later in 2013 after trustees voted not to renew her contract.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, https://www.stltoday.com

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