EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- A Eugene man accused of inappropriately touching a grieving foreign exchange student has pleaded guilty to sexual harassment.

The Register-Guard reports that 52-year-old Ronald V. Norton was placed on probation and ordered to undergo counseling and pay restitution.

Prosecutors say Norton and his wife were hosting the female exchange student through a program sponsored by Rotary International.

In October, the girl learned her grandfather had died. The couple tried to console her and the girl eventually fell asleep in their bed. That night, Norton allegedly touched the girl improperly and she fled.

Norton was initially charged with third-degree sexual abuse, but he pleaded guilty to the lesser harassment charge to avoid a trial.

The girl is now with a different host family.

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