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Fort Wayne man gets probation for attacking Muslim woman

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP): A former Indiana University student who tried to remove a Muslim woman’s headscarf has been sentenced to one year on probation after pleading guilty to battery.

Twenty-year-old Triceton Bickford of Fort Wayne entered the plea Monday in Monroe Circuit Court.

Authorities say Bickford shouted anti-black racial slurs and tried to remove the woman’s headscarf as she sat with her 9-year-old daughter outside a Turkish cafe in Bloomington.

An investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI determined the Oct. 16, 2015, attack did not constitute a hate crime.

The Herald-Times reports Bickford testified he was sorry and attributed the attack to an afternoon of heavy drinking at an IU football tailgate party combined with his prescribed antidepressant.

Bickford was later expelled from the university.

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