Augustana student-athlete Peyton Zabel who was accused in May of entering another student's dorm room and grabbing her has taken a plea deal and has been expelled from the university.

The 19-year old pleaded guilty to simple assault, surreptitiously entering a room, and purchase of alcohol by a minor. A felony first-degree burglary charge against him was dropped.


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An 18-year old woman awoke early Saturday morning to find a man in her bed. According to KSFY TV, 19-year old Peyton Zabel has been arrested.

With a statement from Sioux Falls Public Information Officer Sam Clemens, KSFY reports that the women told Zabel to leave her room but refused. He then started to grab her.

When officers arrived at the dorm they found Zabel still in the bed asleep. Zabel was taken to a hospital where his blood alcohol level was .163.

Zabel has not been charged with breaking and entering since the door to the dorm room was unlocked. He is charged with first-degree burglary.

Zabel plays both baseball and football at Augustana University and is suspended indefinitely from all athletic activity until the investigation is completed.

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