Nampa attorney pleads guilty to misdemeanor charge

Nampa attorney pleads guilty to misdemeanor charge

John Prior, 50, of Meridian

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by KTVB & Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on September 17, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 2:41 PM

CALDWELL -- An attorney accused of assaulting a woman at his Nampa law office has reached a deal with prosecutors that will allow him to plead to a lesser charge.

John Prior, 51, of Meridian, was on trial in Canyon County for felony battery.

A spokesperson for the Idaho Attorney General's Office said both parties agreed to let Prior plead guilty to a charge of misdemeanor battery.

Prosecutors say he tried to have sex with a 20-year-old woman who rebuffed his advances during a May 2011 incident. But Prior's attorney said the encounter was consensual, and that the woman's story has changed at times.

He was indicted on the felony charge earlier this year. Since prior practices law in Canyon County, the Idaho Attorney General's Office is prosecuting the case.

Sentencing is set for Nov. 13.

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