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Jack Britt QB receives probation after agreeing to plea deal in sexting case

Posted September 11, 2015 8:46 p.m. EDT
Updated September 11, 2015 11:19 p.m. EDT

Cormega Zyon Copening

— A Jack Britt High School student accepted a plea deal to reduce felony charges of sexual exploitation and will now serve a probation sentence, according to court documents.

Cormega Copening, 17, faced five felony charges of sexual exploitation for exchanging explicit pictures with his girlfriend, Brianna Benson. Both were 16 at the time.

Copening was also charged with one misdemeanor count of injury to personal property for a separate incident. The 17-year-old was accused of throwing a football that broke a girl’s windshield after a confrontation.

He agreed to a plea deal on two counts of disseminating harmful material to minors, while the other charges were voluntarily dismissed, according to court documents. He will now serve probation for one year and is banned from carrying a cell phone.

Officials said Copening and Benson received the same deal. Both will qualify to have the charges expunged if they complete the probation.

The Fayetteville native and quarterback for the Buccaneers was reinstated for the team’s Friday night matchup against Scotland High School. He did not start the game but entered in the second quarter, according to a team official.

Copening was benched on Aug. 21 until his legal issues were resolved.