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Atwater, Minn., man pleads to criminal sexual conduct charge, will face prison time

WILLMAR — Aaron Bobby Phipps, 41, of Atwater, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a third-degree charge of criminal sexual conduct for assaulting a woman last summer at a Willmar motel.

As part of a plea agreement in Kandiyohi County District Court, two additional felony charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and terroristic threats, plus a gross misdemeanor charge of fifth-degree assault, will be dismissed. He will be sentenced, likely to 77 months in prison, on March 5.

The charges were filed after June 28, when Willmar police and CEE-VI Drug Task Force agents to the Viking Motel, along Business 71 North, on a report that a man was attempting to break into a motel room. Officers arrived to find Phipps outside of the building, attempting to leave in a vehicle. He was stopped from leaving and was later arrested.

A woman at the motel reported that Phipps had grabbed her by the throat, pushed her into furniture and had acted as if he was going to strangle her with a cord. He also made remarks about killing her and turning her into a prostitute.

The woman also reported that Phipps had sexually assaulted her. Another individual had witnessed the assault and had helped the woman escape from Phipps.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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