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Trail rapist sentenced to 12 years in prison

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.

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.

Stearns County Judge Thomas Knapp sentenced Ajqui and also ordered him to pay to repair the girl's bicycle.

According to a St. Cloud Times report, sheriff's officials said Ajqui was in the country illegally and will be on supervised release after his prison term. He also could be deported once he has served his time.