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Ex-Briar Cliff student pleads guilty to forging checks to pay for sex

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Davion Sandifer plea hearing

Davion Sandifer, 20, of Austin, Texas, talks to public defender John Loos, during his December plea hearing in Woodbury County District Court. Sandifer, a former Briar Cliff University student and volleyball player, was placed on three years probation Monday for using fraudulent checks to pay for oral sex in his dorm room and possibly infecting his sexual partners.

SIOUX CITY -- A former Briar Cliff University student accused of using fraudulent checks to pay for sex in his dorm room, and possibly infecting his sexual partners with an unknown disease, pleaded guilty Tuesday to two felonies.

Davion Sandifer, 20, pleaded guilty to two counts of forgery, a class D felony. Woodbury County District Court Judge Tod Deck accepted Sandifer's plea Tuesday after Sandifer answered a series of questions about the charges and his actions.

"I did in fact make a fraudulent check," Sandifer told the court.

As part of a plea agreement, Sandifer also pleaded guilty to five counts of criminal transmission of a contagious or infectious disease, which are serious misdemeanors.  Prosecutors agreed to dismiss three other counts of forgery and five counts of prostitution.

Sandifer, of Austin, Texas, is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 11. He faces up to five years in prison for each felony count.

Sandifer, who had been held in the Woodbury County Jail, was released Tuesday on his own recognizance, pending sentencing. After he begins pretrial supervision, he will be allowed to travel back to Texas, where his family lives.

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Sandifer

[Background: Ex-Briar Cliff student charged with forgery, prostitution, transmitting disease.]

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Sandifer was arrested Oct. 24 after the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation was notified that five males from the Harlan, Iowa, area, ranging in age from 17 to 19 years old, had been paid with checks to engage in sexual activities with Sandifer in his dorm room in Briar Cliff's Alverno Hall on Oct. 20 and Oct. 22. According to court documents, Sandifer gave each person a digitally produced Bank of America check with his name on it, ranging in value from $30,000 to $600,000. 

Davion Sandifer plea hearing

Davion Sandifer, 20, of Austin, Texas, leans over to talk to his attorney, John Loos, during a plea hearing Tuesday in Woodbury County District Court in Sioux City. Sandifer, a former Briar Cliff University student, pleaded guilty to two counts of forgery and entered a written guilty plea to five counts of criminal transmission of a contagious or infectious disease. Three other counts of forgery and five counts of prostitution were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

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Investigators have not said how Sandifer met the five males or what prompted one or more of them to file a report with police in Harlan.

Authorities searching Sandifer's dorm room found checks and check stubs matching checks given to the five males he met with. Fraudulent checks made out to other unknown individuals and 27 pages of blank checks also were found.

The amounts of the checks for the two forgery counts he pleaded guilty to Tuesday were not specified in court. 

Briar Cliff has said Sandifer, who had been a member of the men's volleyball team, is no longer a student there and is not allowed on campus. Sandifer told Deck on Tuesday that he completed one semester at the Sioux City school.

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