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Tyler Dilks, Student Wrestler, Guilty of Sexual Assault with Soda Bottle

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FREDERICK, Md. (CBS/AP) Tyler Dilks pleaded guilty to second-degree assault Wednesday in Frederick County District, for a crime Judge W. Milnor Roberts called "degrading" and "disgusting" before sentencing him to 250 hours of community service and two years supervised probation.

The 20-year-old former student wrestler at the Maryland School for the Deaf in Frederick, Md., about 45 miles west of Baltimore, was charged in an October 2009 attack of a 16-year-old boy in a school dormitory where he and three other students sodomized the boy with objects including a soda bottle and a small bottle of hand sanitizer.

By accepting the plea agreement Dilks avoided a trial and the prosecution agreed to drop the sex offense and conspiracy charges.

Dilks' defense attorney, Timothy Ryan Streett's, claimed that his client was only guilty of roughhousing and horseplay but Judge Roberts remarked that "it was not a childish prank," Assistant State's Attorney Colleen K. Swanson said after the hearing, according to the Frederick News-Post.

Dilks was the only adult present when he and three other students held the victim down on a bed in a school dormitory, Swanson said. Standing 6 feet 2 inches tall, and weighing 220 pounds, Dilks was much larger than the victim, Swanson said.

Judge Roberts also ordered Dilks to undergo a psychological and psychosexual evaluation and to receive treatment as directed. Dilks is also prohibited from drinking alcohol and the judge ordered him to take prescription drugs as directed.

He is to have no contact with the victim and is not allowed to return to the school.