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Former UGA quarterback Mettenberger pleads guilty to sexual battery

Photo by David Tulis

Photo by David Tulis

VALDOSTA -- Former University of Georgia quarterback Zach Mettenberger has been sentenced to 12 months' probation and a $2,000 fine after pleading guilty to two counts of misdemeanor sexual battery.

Lowndes County District Attorney J. David Miller told the Athens Banner-Herald that the 18-year-old grabbed the buttocks and breasts of a woman and was drinking underage at Remerton bar on March 7.

In a written statement provided by his attorney, Mettenberger apologized for his behavior. He said he hopes the woman involved "can move on with her life."

Other charges filed in the case -- underage possession of alcohol, disorderly conduct, obstruction and possession of false identification -- were dismissed in exchange for his guilty plea.

UGA coach Mark Richt kicked Mettenberger off the team April 18 following his arrest.

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Information from: Athens Banner-Herald, http://www.onlineathens.com