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Feb 22, 2013 7:12 PM by Simone DeAlba (Great Falls)

Kuebler will be tried as an adult for alleged sexual assault

Kaleb Kuebler, the Great Falls teen accused of raping and beating an 11-year old girl in October, was in court on Friday morning and 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, now 16, 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 face up 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 paperwork states that the victim was eventually released and allowed to walk away.

Kuebler's trial date has been set for September 16th.

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