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Former Norman High School student Tristen Killman-Hardin
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A former Norman High School student accused of sexually assaulting a classmate pleaded no contest Monday to two counts of first-degree rape.

A judge sentenced 19-year-old Tristen Kole Killman-Hardin to ten years. Eight of those are suspended, meaning he’ll spend a little less than two years behind bars due to credit for time already served. He’ll also be required to register as a sex offender for life.

Assignment: Radio March 29th, 2015

Mar 29, 2015
Jay Chilton

Sexual assault awareness month is just a few days away. Assignment: Radio’s Lydia Theban, Pamela Ortega, ECU’s Lisa Laxton and I found out that sexual violence touches the lives of people here in our community. Sexual assault prevention programs, personal stories and successes make up this weeks Assignment: Radio.

Kate Carlton Greer / KGOU

Norman schools Superintendent Joe Siano says a task force studying a comprehensive sexual assault curriculum will be expanded.

The announcement in a letter to The Norman Transcript comes days after hundreds of Norman High School students walked out of class to protest the alleged bullying of three girls who reported being raped.

Siano said students "sent a clear message" they will not tolerate sexual assault or "re-victimization of any victims."

A protester with a sign on the street outside Norman High School.
Kate Carlton Greer / KGOU

Administrators and faculty at Norman High School are preparing for a protest by students upset with the handling of rape allegations.

Scott Beck, principal of Norman High School, said in a letter to parents that sexual assault victims' advocates were organizing the Monday protest after an alleged rape involving two students that occurred off campus two months ago.

Beck said in the letter the school "took the strongest disciplinary action against the alleged assailant" and the Norman Police Department was investigating.