Man pleads to lesser charges in Bob Jones sex assaults

Micah Pretlove
Micah Pretlove

GREENVILLE, SC (WSPA) – A former Bob Jones University student accused of sexually assaulting three women has pleaded guilty to lesser charges.

Micah Pretlove, 22, appeared in court on Thursday.

Prosecutors worked out a plea deal with Petlove after one of the accusers recanted her story.

Pretlove was originally charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct.

Warrants say one of the incidents happened in December 2010 after a victim refused to perform oral sex on the Bob Jones Academy campus. The victim was between 14 and 16 years old at the time. Pretlove was 16.

Warrants say in June 2013, Pretlove was working on campus as a landscaper when he committed sexual battery on a victim who refused to perform oral sex on him on the Bob Jones Academy campus.

One victim spoke out against his sentence at Thursday’s plea hearing.

“It is shocking that after admitting to this charge, the guilty party is walking free today, back into society. This is denying people protection. I believe we are creating a risk to society and this plea will hide him. This plea is a poor facade for justice and all I can do is speak out against it.”

Pretlove will not be added to the sex offender registry. His sentence also falls under the Youthful Offender Act. If he does not violate his probation by age 25, the conviction can be wiped from his record.