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Wyoming/New Mexico Game

Wyoming defensive tackle Youhanna Ghaifan walks down the sidelines during the Cowboys’ game against New Mexico last season at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie.

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Suspended Wyoming football player Youhanna Ghaifan entered a no-contest plea Wednesday in his misdemeanor case stemming from an incident at a Colorado hotel during the season.

Ghafain appeared for his disposition hearing at the Larimer County Justice Center in Fort Collins, where he pleaded to a Level 3 harassment charge involving a strike, shove or kick. If Ghafian stays out of trouble for the next six months, the case against him will be dismissed.

Judge Thomas Lynch ordered Ghaifan, who’s accused of trapping a female hotel employee against a wall and trying to kiss her, to complete 16 hours of community service as well as a boundaries class within the next five months. Ghaifan was also ordered to avoid any traffic citations exceeding five points while a no-contact order between Ghaifan and the victim was also issued as part of the deal.

A no-contest plea isn’t technically an admission of guilt, but the recommended sentence is accepted by the defendant in exchange for not contesting the charges.

Ghaifan is also facing a Level 2 false imprisonment charge, which is a misdemeanor. As part of the no-contest plea deal, that charge would be dropped and the case would be dismissed should Ghaifan comply fully with its terms before his next scheduled court appearance on July 5.

Ghaifan did not say anything other than to enter his plea and answer Lynch’s questions pertaining to the terms of the deal, declining to comment when offered the chance to do so by the judge.

He was represented in court by attorney Hannah Stephens, who declined to comment on the deal or the case as she led Ghaifan out of the courtroom.

The Mountain West All-Conference defensive tackle was cited on Oct. 26, just hours before Wyoming’s game against rival Colorado State. Authorities say the incident involved Ghaifan and an employee at the Fort Collins Marriott, where the team was staying.

According to the incident report, Ghaifan is accused of approaching a housekeeper after removing the doorstop she had used to prop open the door of a third-floor room she was cleaning. He then allegedly asked her “if she wanted to have some fun,” before pinning her arms against a wall and trying to kiss her before she pushed him away and told him she needed to leave.

Ghaifan was taken back to Laramie by Wyoming staff before the game and suspended indefinitely. A University of Wyoming spokesman said Wednesday afternoon Ghaifan’s status with the team hasn’t changed.

A junior defensive tackle, the 6-foot-4, 282-pound Ghaifan had 20 tackles in the eight games he played this season after being a first-team all-Mountain West selection as a sophomore. Ghaifan graduated in December and said as he was leaving the courtroom he’s yet to decide if he’ll return to Wyoming for his senior season.

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