K-State Professor Gets Probation For Lewd Encounter

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RILEY COUNTY, Kan. (WIBW) -- A Kansas State University professor will serve three years probation for fondling a woman more than six years ago.

William Yankey, 29, was originally charged with rape in the 2007 incident.

He was arrested at his home on Colorado Street in Manhattan on Tuesday, September 11, 2012.

He is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Interior Architecture and Product Design at K-State. K-State officials could not provide details on Yankey's tenure with the university at the time of his arrest.

Police say the alleged sexual assault took place at a home in the northwest part of Manhattan on December 8, 2007.

Police say Yankey knew the victim. He would have been 23 at the time and the victim would have been 21. He is now 29 and she is 27.

Assistant Riley County Attorney Barry Disney says Yankey and the victim were friends and on that night, he went into her bedroom and penetrated her vagina with his finger while her husband was asleep out in the living room.

Court documents indicate that she was “unconscious or physically powerless” during the sexual assault.

In May, Yankey stood trial for rape and the jury was unable to reach a verdict, a mistrial being declared.

Barry Disney said there was a likelihood that another trial could also end in a hung jury so a plea agreement was reached, charging Yankey with three misdemeanor charges including Lewd and Lascivious Behavior, Battery and Criminal Trespass.

On Thursday, June 27, 2013, Yankey appeared before Riley County District Court Judge Meryl Wilson and entered an Alford plea to his charges, a plea in which the defendant does not admit the act but admits that the prosecution could likely prove the charge. Judge Wilson found him guilty and he was sentenced to 36 months of unsupervised probation with an underlying jail sentence of 18 months.

Yankey declined to make a comment in court.

Per his plea agreement, he is not allowed to have contact with the victim or go to the Aggieville District. Yankey, the victim and her husband had gone out to Aggieville and had been drinking on the night of the incident.