A man who had admitted to breaking into Wartburg College dorm rooms to sexually assault women in February 2018 has been ordered to serve prison time on four of the eight original charges.
Bryon Patricio Malone, 23, of Minneapolis, will serve up to a total of 14 years and a month behind bars after pleading guilty to third-degree sexual abuse, a Class C felony, two counts of assault with intent to commit sexual abuse, both aggravated misdemeanors, and fourth-degree theft, a serious misdemeanor.
District Court Judge DeDra Schroeder handed down a 10-year prison sentence for the sex abuse charge, two years each for the assault charges, and 30 days in jail for the theft count, which are to be served consecutively. She also suspended a total of $2,250 in fines on three of the counts, but ordered payment of a $315 fine on the theft, in addition to a $250 sex offender registry fee, $300 in surcharges for sexual offenses, a $110.25 statutory surcharge, $125 Law Enforcement Initiative surcharge and $595 victim restitution.
As part of the plea deal, four other counts — first-degree burglary, two counts of second-degree burglary and one of third-degree burglary — are all dismissed at Malone’s cost. Final court costs are still to be determined.
Malone was accused of entering several female Wartburg students’ rooms on the night of Feb. 4, 2018, and inappropriately touching them as well as taking an item from one room.
He will serve his sentence at a prison determined by the Department of Corrections. He is also ordered to serve special sentences of 10 years each on the assault charges and life on the sex abuse charge under the custody of the DOC once his prison term is complete.