In November 2009 a second grand jury reinstated the charges against Bolton and Rountree. A plea agreement reduced the charge to Class A misdemeanor assault. The case against Rountree is still pending, but Bolton pleaded guilty in September.
The end result: school officials may not have been telling Hillaire to cheer for her rapist. She was being told to cheer for her self-admitted assaulter.
Maybe the broken bathroom window or death threats should have given them a clue.
"All I wanted was for him to come forward and say, 'Yeah, it happened,' " Hillaire said.
Bolton got a one-year suspended jail sentence, two years' probation, a $2,500 fine, 150 hours community service and is required to attend anger-management classes.
But at least he has no hard feelings.
"I do feel like it was very fair," Bolton said.