Former freshman pleads guilty to misdemeanor

Andrew Tyler Thomason, former freshman soccer player, pleaded guilty for contributing to the delinquency of a minor at his hearing Sept. 8.

The charge is a class A misdemeanor. He was initially charged with solicitation of sexual exploitation of a minor on Aug. 21, but the charge was amended.

Thomason was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days on probation, including the amount of time he has already served.

His probation includes 40 hours of community service work, the forfeit of his cell phone, a no contact order with the victim, a diversion treatment program and six months supervision. Thomason was also ordered to pay a $250 fine, along with costs and restitution.

Judge Blake Anderson of Jackson City Court issued the sentence.

The 18-year-old exchanged nude photos with a 14-year-old girl through the smartphone messenger application Kik, according to court documents.

Associate Vice President for University Communications and Director of Media Relations Tim Ellsworth confirmed that, “As of Sept. 11, Tyler Thomason is not a student at Union University.”

“This is an ongoing judicial matter, so out of concerns for privacy and confidentiality, that’s all I’m able to say at this time,” Ellsworth said.

An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Thomason was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days in jail. It was updated Sept. 12 to correct the error.

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