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Former Niagara University student sentenced in 2016 campus rape case

A former Niagara University student, who raped a female student during his freshman year, was sentenced Monday to a 10-year probation term beginning with six months in jail.

Kavyia A. Spencer, now 20, of Lockport, pleaded guilty July 13, 2018, to third-degree rape. Niagara County First Assistant District Attorney Holly E. Sloma said at the time that Spencer raped a woman who was unconscious from intoxication on Nov. 19, 2016.

County Judge Sara Sheldon denied Spencer youthful offender status. Sheldon said during an Aug. 12 court appearance that Spencer was suspended from NU for groping a female student, tried to sexually assault one or two other women and a man, broke into the cafeteria after hours, stole a woman's wallet and tried to break into two women’s dorm rooms.

"The individual in question has not been affiliated with the university since 2016, however, federal law prohibits the university from issuing a comment on any conduct or academic issue even after separation," a university spokesman said.

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