Updated 9 months ago by Simone DeAlba (Great Falls)
Kaleb Kuebler, the Great Falls teen accused of raping and beating an 11-year old girl in October, was in court on Friday morning.
Kuebler, 16, waived his right to a transfer hearing, meaning that he will be tried in District Court as an adult instead of in juvenile court.
Judge Greg Pinski asked Kuebler multiple times if he was sure he wanted to proceed in this fashion, and Kuebler insisted.
Kuebler faces two counts of sexual intercourse without consent, aggravated assault, tampering with evidence, attempted kidnapping and tampering with a witness; he is scheduled to be tried as an adult.
If convicted on all charges, Kuebler could be sentenced to 340 years in prison.
Court documents state that Kuebler admitted to luring the young girl into an alley by stealing her hat.
He also admits to forcing her to perform oral sex, forcibly removing her clothing, and attempting other sexual acts.
The victim told investigators that Kuebler lifted her off the ground while choking her from behind.
He also allegedly forced her to reveal her home address and threatened to kill her if she told anyone about the assault.
The victim reports she thought she was going to die and asked Kuebler, "Am I dead?" while being choked.
Kuebler allegedly responded, "Not yet."
The paperwork states that the victim was eventually released and allowed to walk away.
Kuebler's trial date has been set for September 16th.
(October 26, 2012) Kaleb Kuebler, the 15-year old suspect in Wednesday's reported sexual assault of an 11-year old girl in Great Falls, made an initial appearance in youth court on Friday morning.
During the court session, Detective Noah Scott of the Great Falls Police Department said that the "victim suffered a horrific event...she was nearly choked to death."
The alleged assault occurred on Wednesday afternoon, when the girl was walking home from Roosevelt Elementary School.
After she separated from some friends, a male approached her from behind near 28th Street and 6th Alley North, pulled her hat off her head, and ran into an alley, getting her to chase him.
When she followed him, he reportedly physically and sexually assaulted her. Following the assault, he attempted to choke her and then fled the area on foot.
The victim was taken to Benefis hospital, where she was treated and released for hemorrhaging and bruising.