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Former Minnesota high school athlete maintains innocence in sex assault plea

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A former Browerville high school athlete accused with two others of sexually assaulting fellow teammates pleaded guilty in Todd County District Court Friday, the Star Tribune reported.

In the plea -- which allows Connor S. Burns, 18, of Clarissa, to maintain his innocence -- Burns also acknowledges there is enough evidence to convict him. Burns' attorney said in court papers that the actions perpetrated on the teammates "was not a sexual thing," but "a lot of horseplay that turned very awkward."

Burns and the other two teens involved in the case were charged in July.

The charges against Burns will be dismissed if he has no similar offenses during his probationary period.

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