Hastings man pleads guilty to sexual assault

Published 9:35 pm Wednesday, September 19, 2018

A Hastings man charged with sexually assaulting a woman he knew in February in Albert Lea pleaded guilty Wednesday in Freeborn County District Court.

Alex Lafountaine

Alex Matthew Lafountaine, 22, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Lafountaine was charged after he strangled and sexually assaulted the victim Feb. 8 in Albert Lea.

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In pleading guilty, Lafountaine admitted to the sexual assault.

Lafountaine was charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct, but that charge was reduced.

Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 19. Per the plea agreement, Lafountaine is expected to be sentenced to nearly 7 1/2 to 10 years in prison. After being released from prison, he will be placed on conditional release for the rest of his life due to a previous conviction for fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. 


See what happened last night in the PM report here.

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Sam Wilmes covers crime, courts and government for the Albert Lea Tribune.

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