Former Philander Smith official George Gray pleads no contest

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Prosecutors say a former Philander Smith College admissions director has pleaded no contest to a charge of promoting prostitution.

    Pulaski County deputy prosecutor Emily Abbott says George Gray entered the plea during a court appearance Tuesday in Little Rock.

    Defense attorney Ron Davis Jr. said Gray maintains his innocence - but acknowledges the evidence could lead to his conviction and that Gray wants to put the episode behind him.

    Abbott says Gray faces up to six years in prison when he's sentenced on Nov. 20 and must also register as a sex offender.

    Davis says Gray is hoping for probation.

    Gray was to go on trial Wednesday on charges of sexual assault and promoting a sexual performance by a child. Abbot says those charges are being dismissed following Gray's plea.

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