Man pleads guilty to assault with intent to rape

Sex did happen between Michael Campbell and his victim. The question was whether it was consensual.

That caveat was one reason Campbell, 22, pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated assault with the intent to commit rape. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison, followed by five on probation, said Assistant District Attorney Crawford Seals.

"The victim did not want to go through a trial," Seals said. "She said it was preferable to plead to that charge."

Seals alleged the victim, then 17-years-old, met Campbell late at night on Sept. 2, 2006, near Booker T. Washington Apartments. She agreed to walk to a convenience store with him, and during that walk is when she said he pushed her down and had sex with her.

"He admits to sex," Seals said. "He said it was consensual sex."

Campbell initially faced charges of rape, false imprisonment and aggravated sodomy. Those counts were dropped.