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Forum staff reports, Published March 17 2009

Wis. man pleads guilty

A 27-year-old man has pleaded guilty to a felony charge accusing him of raping a 13-year-old girl in Fargo.

Dustin O’Connor of Beloit, Wis., entered the plea to Class AA felony gross sexual imposition Monday in Cass County District Court. He faces up to life without parole for the charge.

The girl was visiting a Fargo family O’Connor was staying with when the July 11, 2008 incident took place.

She went into a bedroom to retrieve a hairbrush when O’Connor pushed her toward a bed and raped her. He told the girl not to say anything and was aware she was 13 at the time, court documents state.

O’Connor will be sentenced after a pre-sentence investigation and risk assessment, which were ordered Monday, are done.