Austin man pleads guilty to sexual assault
Published 10:07 am Wednesday, February 24, 2016
An Austin man pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal sexual conduct Tuesday morning in Freeborn County District Court.
Bielmar Alverez-Agular, 26, pleaded guilty in front of District Court Judge Steven Schwab.
Alverez-Agular was originally charged with the first-degree count plus one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of domestic assault by strangulation, but those charges were dismissed with a plea deal.
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Under the plea agreement, Alverez-Agular faces a presumptive sentence of 12 years in prison.
The charges are in connection to the sexual assault of a woman June 28 at a residence in Albert Lea.
According to court documents, when police responded to the house, the woman reportedly claimed that Alverez-Agular had come to the residence that afternoon and had forced his way into the house.
Reports state Alverez-Agular sexually assaulted her, strangled her and beat her with wooden drum sticks.
Alverez-Agular was known to the victim.
Medical personnel reportedly observed scratches and bruising on the victim.
Sentencing is scheduled for May 12.
Alverez-Agular faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a $40,000 fine.