Persistence pays off in long sentence for "engrained sex offender"


A Minneapolis man, who broke into a house and sexually assaulted two teenaged girls in 2009 was finally sentenced to more than 22 years in prison, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Wednesday.

Yahye Abdisalan, 37, was found to be an “engrained sex offender” as argued by county prosecutors. That designation allowed Hennepin County District Court Judge Jay Quam to sentence Abdisalan to a longer term. In court Tuesday, Judge Quam sentenced Abdisalan to 120 months in prison for criminal sexual conduct in the fourth degree committed against one of the girls and 180 months for criminal sexual conduct in the third degree committed against her sister. Those two sentences will be served concurrently.

However, Judge Quam sentenced him to 88 months on the burglary charge of breaking into the home and that will run consecutively for a total of 268 months in prison. He also was given credit for more than three years already served in jail.

On Dec. 17, 2009, Abdisalan broke into a home in Minneapolis and went into a bedroom where a 15-year-old girl and her 17-year-old sister were sleeping. He sexually assaulted both and fled as the girls’ parents came to investigate. The mother managed to pull the stocking cap off of his head.

The DNA evidence from the cap and elsewhere linked Abdisalan to the crime. However, before he could be arrested, he fled. It was months later before he was located in Canada, arrested and returned to the United States.
Even then, there were repeated hearings on whether he was competent to stand trial and he was civilly committed until treatment brought him back to competency.

A four-day trial in September without a jury ended with Judge Quam finding Abdisalan guilty on all three charges.