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Willmar man gets probation for sexual assault of teen

WILLMAR -- A 24-year-old Willmar man was sentenced Monday to 36 months in prison, which was stayed, a $1,500 fine and 15 years of probation on a felony charge of third-degree criminal sexual conduct for raping a then 14-year-old girl last November.

Joshua Richard Skoblik was ordered to serve 60 days in the county jail, register as a predatory offender, have no contact with the victim or her family and avoid contact with females under the age of 18 without approval. Kandiyohi County District Court Judge David L. Mennis also ordered Skoblik to complete a psycho-sexual evaluation.

As part of a plea agreement, another ch-arge of third-deg-ree criminal sexual conduct was dismissed.

The charges were filed after a Willmar Police officer was assigned to take a report of sexual assault on Jan. 25.

The girl, who is now 15, told the officer she had been at Skoblik's home with friends a few months prior. She said her friends left and that Skoblik asked her if she wanted to have sex with him. She said no and sent a text message to her friends asking them to return. She said she didn't think she could fend him off because he was bigger and stronger than her.

The girl said Skoblik then showed her photos of a vacation and grabbed her chest. She said he pinned her down on a bed, kissed her and had sex with her, even though she told him not to.

The girl said she knew Skoblik through a relative and that Skoblik knew she was only 14. The girl's friends confirmed the incident. One of the girl's family members confronted Skoblik after learning of the allegations, and Skoblik reportedly denied anything happened.

However, the complaint states he later admitted to the rape and began crying because he didn't want to go to jail.

The next day, the officer interviewed Skoblik, who initially said he had left to go to St. Cloud when the girls came to his home to watch movies.

He admitted to knowing the girl through her relative.

During the interview, Skoblik called a relative and the officer overheard portions of the conversation including the phrases "statutory rape charges" and "consensual," "yes" and "14." The officer said he also heard Skoblik ask, "Should I just tell the truth or should I talk to a lawyer?"

Skoblik continued the conversation away from the officer and later told the officer he wanted to talk to a lawyer.