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Thursday, November 9, 2000 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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NEWSWATCH

Sex columnist pleads guilty to one charge of voter fraud

Seattle Times staff: Seattle Times news services

DES MOINES, Iowa - A sex columnist from Seattle, charged with voter fraud for participating in the Iowa caucuses, pleaded guilty to one of two charges to avoid jail time.

Dan Savage, known for his "Savage Love" column in The Stranger, a Seattle weekly newspaper, was charged in April with two counts of voter fraud after he wrote in the online magazine Salon.com that he tried to sabotage the presidential campaign of Republican Gary Bauer. Savage, 36, faced serious misdemeanor and felony charges carrying a maximum penalty of six years in prison. His trial had been scheduled for Dec. 4.

He pleaded guilty Tuesday to fraudulently voting in a caucus, a serious misdemeanor, and was sentenced to a year on probation, 50 hours of community service and a $750 fine.

Savage wrote that he tried to infiltrate Bauer's Iowa campaign as an act of protest and attempted to give Bauer the flu by licking doorknobs at the campaign headquarters.

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