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In St Paul a Man Was Sentenced to Almost Five Years for Sexually Abusing his Former Landlord

In a shocking testimony, a man from Minneapolis admitted sexually assaulting his former St. Paul landlord. The assault occurred last year resulting in a sentence of almost five years in prison.

Rolando Lopez-Meneses, 24 years old, pleaded guilty in July to third-degree criminal sexual conduct. This was concerning the assault on a woman at her home in Battle Creek on 17 July 2021.

Monday’s sentencing saw one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of first-degree burglary dismissed as part of a plea agreement with Ramsey County prosecutors.

Lopez-Meneses was sentenced to almost five years in prison for the attack by Ramsey County District Judge Adam Yang. Lopez-Meneses must serve 10 years of conditional release and register as a predatory offender following his incarceration.

The Criminal Complaint Detailed – St Paul Landlord Sexual Assault

The criminal complaint asserts:

At around 4:00 a.m., officers responded to a burglary call in the 1600 block of Margaret Street. She was covered in a blanket and looked distressed, injured, and bleeding as they entered the bedroom. As she spoke with cops via an interpreter, she collapsed and fell to the ground.

The lady informed authorities Lopez-Meneses had leased a room in her home and lived there for around eight months. In the weeks before the attack, Lopez-Meneses left his roommate’s apartment after she refused to allow him to bring his girlfriend in. He had lately returned and requested the return of his room, but she refused him since she had previously leased it to someone else.

She informed authorities that she had been sleeping in her bed when she awakened to find Lopez-Meneses straddling her and placing his hands over her mouth and nose, preventing her from breathing. She pleaded with him to go, but he disregarded her and proceeded to rape and beat her. When she shouted, he covered her mouth and nose with his hands.

A resident of the residence heard the disturbance and emerged from his room, causing Lopez-Meneses to flee.

The victim claimed Lopez-Meneses gained entry to her home using a key he forgot to return.

Details Of The Arrest

Four days later he was apprehended in Eagan. He acknowledged using the key he saved from the time he rented the apartment but claimed authorities the sexual encounter was consensual. He was carrying the woman’s mobile phone.

Lopez-Meneses possessed a Mexican identity card and was unlawfully present in the United States, according to the police.

A spokesperson for U.S. Legal and Customs Enforcement said late Monday that more information on Lopez-immigration Meneses’s status was not immediately available.

Following his sentence, the counsel for Lopez-Meneses, Maxwell Shek, said that his client chose the plea bargain over the potential of much worse punishment.

Shek said in an email, “I am sceptical that this is an effective method for determining the truth, but that is how our judicial system operates.” “I respect the prosecutor, but none of us was present. I look forward to witnessing what he does with his life as a young man.”

Cedric Blackwater
Cedric Blackwater
Cedric is a journalist with over a decade of experience reporting on local US news, and touching on many global topics. He is currently the lead writer for Bulletin News.

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