Sadlowe accepts assault plea

Jay Sadlowe, a former pitcher with the UT baseball program, has avoided jail time by pleading guilty to assaulting a dormitory maid.

Sadlowe, 20, recently pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault in Knox County Criminal Court. He received judicial diversion, which means the conviction will be erased if he completes a probationary term with no further incidents.

Sadlowe was indicted in February on a count of alleged ''sexual contact'' with a housekeeper in May of 2002. The housekeeper says she was cleaning the bathroom in Sadlowe's dorm room when he walked into the bathroom nude. She alleges that he then made lewd comments to her before touching her with his genitals.

According to Donald A. Bosch, Sadlowe's attorney, the athlete insists he did not sexually assault the maid and only struck her with the bathroom door when he opened it.

Sadlowe left UT a year ago and transferred to the University of Alabama. He sat out the 2003 season as a transfer but will be eligible in 2004.

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