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Willmar man pleads to charge for sexual assault of teenage girl

WILLMAR -- A 23-year-old Willmar man pleaded guilty Monday to a felony charge of third-degree criminal sexual conduct for raping a 14-year-old girl in November.

Joshua Richard Skoblik entered the plea in Kandiyohi County District Court a day before a jury trial was scheduled before Judge Donald M. Spilseth.

As part of a plea agree-ment, another charge of third-degree criminal se-xual conduct will be dismissed. Skoblik will be sentenced Oct. 13.

The charges were filed after a Willmar police officer was assigned to take a report of sexual assault on Jan. 25. The girl, now 15, told the officer she had been at Skoblik's home with friends a few months prior. The friends left and he 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 because he was asking her for sex and that she didn't think she could resist him, because he was bigger and stronger than her.

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

The girl said she knew Skoblik because he works with a relative and that he knew she was only 14 years old. The friends confirmed the incident and a family member of the girl confronted Skoblik after learning of the incident.

He reportedly denied it happened, but later admitted it and cried because he didn't want to go to jail, the complaint states.

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 the relative. During the interview, Skoblik called a relative and the officer overheard part of the conversation including the phrases "statutory rape charges" and "consensual, yes" and "14" and then the question: "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.