People upset former Rust College professor gets no jail time

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HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss. -- Some people in Holly Springs, Mississippi, called Sylvester Oliver a monster.

The former Rust College professor plead guilty to allegations of raping a student in his office two years ago.

The indictment showed Oliver was facing life in prison for having sex with a student "without her consent," and the details listed in court documents were extremely graphic.

"There was no testimony at all," Lucy Carpenter, Marshall County Circuit Court Clerk, said. "The jury was present and it was set to go to trial."

The trial did not take place because Oliver agreed to a plea deal and received a 15-year suspended sentence.

"He will not serve any time," Carpenter said.

Concerned citizens like Patricia Carrington were fired up about the plea deal and wanted to know why the sentence was suspended.

"If they're guilty and they've raped someone, they've committed a terrible crime," Carrington said.

DOCUMENTS | Petition for court to accept plea deal

Carrington wants Oliver to serve time behind bars.

"He was placed on five-year supervised probation in order to pay court costs, fees, and restitution," Carpenter said.

In February, eight more women came forward alleging Oliver sexually assaulted them. A civil case is pending.

"I would be very invaded," Carrington said. "It's not a good feeling for anyone I wouldn't think."

WREG went to Oliver's home, listed in court documents, looking for answers. A woman answered the door and said Oliver "probably" has nothing to say about what he did.

Oliver was fired from Rust College when the allegations first surfaced.

WREG reached out to the school for comment, but no one returned our calls.

Oliver could only see jail time if he violates probation.

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