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Teen pleads guilty to violent robbery and sexual assault

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A Winnipeg teen who broke into an Elmwood home to steal a television set but encountered and brutally raped a teen girl home alone at the time is facing an adult sentence.

The offender, 15, pleaded guilty to several charges in provincial court this morning, including robbery with violence and sexual assault with a weapon.

The attack took place on the evening of Feb. 9, 2013. The teen admits he broke into the home by smashing through the front door of the victim's home with a hammer.

She heard the commotion and called 911, but the offender pursued her into a bedroom, stole her BlackBerry and committed several serious sexual assaults on her.

Police arrived to find the offender on top of the victim. He fled out a rear door and was arrested after a chase that lasted about two blocks.

The teen stood sullenly as he admitted he was pleading guilty voluntarily and was aware the Crown would be seeking an adult sentence in the case.

Judge Carena Roller ordered reports which will delve into the teen's background and if he's suffering from psychological or emotional disorders.

He was on bail at the time of the attack after breaking into another home and setting a fire, court heard.

Prosecutors did not state what sentence they would seek if they win the adult sentence at hearings later this year.

Roller reminded the offender the crime of breaking and entering to commit an indictable offence carries with it the possibility of a life term in prison.

James.turner@freepress.mb.ca

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