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Former student accepts plea deal

A student charged with assaulting two University Police officers accepted a plea deal Tuesday morning at D.C. Superior Court.

Nicholas Van Vliet plead guilty to two charges of assault on a police officer, but won’t be sentenced until Nov. 16, to allow prosecutors time to gather impact statements from the officers involved.

UPD’s Master Patrol Officer Sam Nedimyer and Officer James Hansbrough responded to the 2109 F St. residence hall at about 12:10 a.m. Sept. 17 after there was a report of an individual loudly banging on doors on the third floor, according to court documents.

Van Vliet was found sitting on the floor and yelling, and when the officers tried to get information from him he became “verbally combative,” a summary of the incident states. The report also states that Van Vliet assaulted both Nedimyer and Hansbrough physically.

Van Vliet was arrested on three charges, but one charge of disorderly conduct was dropped as part of the plea deal. The maximum sentence he faces is 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine for each assault count.

Claire Morris Clark, Van Vliet’s attorney, said the officers didn’t have any injuries, and that Nedimyer testified at Van Vliet’s Student Judicial Services hearing.

“He believed it was behavior out of the ordinary [for Van Vliet],” Clark said, adding that the “assault on a police officer” charge can be misleading, since a person can simply resist officers and be charged.

Van Vliet is no longer a GW student, Clark said.

During Tuesday’s court hearing, the government was not opposed to Van Vliet being sentenced under the Youth Rehabilitation Act.

This act applies to offenders under age 22 who have been convicted of a crime other than murder, and allows for sentencing alternatives like probation. The act also allows the defendant to have his or her record expunged if the defendant completes probation.

-Sydney Green contributed to this report

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