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Trail rapist sentenced to 12 years in prison

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Benjamin Delacruz Ajqui, 22, who pleaded guilty to raping a 14-year-old girl in July on the Lake Wobegon Trail near Melrose, was sentenced on November 16 to 12 years in prison.

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He admitted to forcing the girl off her bike, forcing her into the ditch and assaulting her as she fought with him.

He previously pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal sexual conduct in Stearns County District Court.

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