Albert Lea man pleads not guilty to assaulting woman

Published 3:56 pm Saturday, July 22, 2017

An Albert Lea man who allegedly physically and sexually assaulted a woman earlier this month pleaded not guilty Thursday in Freeborn County District Court.

Michael Lee Naranjo, 29, is charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct, felony false imprisonment, felony domestic assault by strangulation and gross misdemeanor domestic assault.

Michael Lee Naranjo

Court documents state Naranjo was charged after an Albert Lea police officer was dispatched July 8 to 1005 S. Broadway Ave. on a report of an emergency. The alleged victim, who was in a relationship with Naranjo at the time of the incident, said they had gotten into an argument after his car was repossessed.

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Naranjo allegedly struck her in the ribs three to four times, as well as multiple strikes to her head, arms and face. He allegedly struck her once in the mouth.

Court documents state she reported he strangled and sexually assaulted her, as well as threatened to shoot her and another family member.

The alleged victim reportedly had bruises across her body, as well as a mark inside her lower lip.

Court documents state Naranjo was found July 9 at another residence. After he was arrested and taken to the police station, he reportedly admitted they were in a physical argument over the vehicle, claimed the alleged victim was the aggressor and denied any nonconsensual sexual activity.

A settlement conference is scheduled for Sept. 13, and a jury trial is scheduled to start Dec. 12, if the case has not been settled by then.

Third-degree criminal sexual conduct carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine.

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