The founder of a Houston-based software company has agreed to serve one year in prison after admitting to drugging female employees' drinks and assaulting them.

Local reports indicate Henri Morris and prosecutors reached a deal for him to serve one year, but if a judge rejects that deal, Morris can withdraw his plea and pursue a trial.

Prosecutors accused Morris of slipping drugs into the drinks of four women. The FBI began investigating after one victim talked to a co-worker who had also been victimized.

Morris acknowledged Friday the allegations were true.

A U.S. attorney's spokeswoman defended the short prison sentence, saying Morris would also have to register as a sex offender once he was freed.

Morris founded Edible Software, which provides software to wholesale food companies.