Teen Pleads Guilty in Sandy Sexual Assault Case

A teenage boy who was accused of sexually assaulting a woman near a Sandy jogging trail has admitted to a charge of aggravated kidnapping, and his case will now move to an adult court.

The suspect, whose name won’t be released because he is 16, was arrested in March and booked into the Salt Lake Valley Detention Center on felony charges of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated sexual assault, aggravated assault, aggravated robbery, forcible sodomy and obstruction of justice.

“I hit her and dragged her into a ditch and forced sex on her,” the teen told a judge on Tuesday morning.

The victim told police that the suspect dragged her into a ravine, strangled her until she lost consciousness, raped her, broke a bottle over her head and kicked her, according to a declaration of probable cause.

He is expected to plead guilty to one count of aggravated sexual assault in adult court.

After serving the remainder of his time in juvenile detention, likely until he’s 21, he will then start serving a term of at least 10 years, and possibly 15 years to life, in the adult prison system.

His next court appearance is scheduled for September 11.

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