Minneapolis man pleads guilty to sexual assault of 11-year-old girl


A Minneapolis man pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Thursday.

Ahmed Hersi Abdi, 35, of Minneapolis, pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a person under 13.  He was sentenced Tuesday to 144-months in prison.

“This is a horrendous crime, committed against an innocent young girl. We need to keep Mr. Abdi in prison and off the streets,” said Freeman.

According to the criminal complaint, on October 14, 2015, an off-duty officer at the Riverside Plaza received a report of a sexual assault. Witnesses reported hearing screaming from the third floor hallway and a young girl crying. The 11-year-old victim told police a man, later identified as Abdi, had followed her onto the elevator and followed her off on the third floor. Abdi asked the victim her name and extended his hand. She shook it and he refused to let go. The victim reported that Abdi then sexually assaulted her. Police learned an ambulance transported the child to Hennepin County Medical Center.

The victim provided a physical description of her attacker and the distinctive clothing he was wearing. Police recovered surveillance video from the scene and identified the assailant as Abdi. He was later located and arrested in St. Paul, wearing the same clothing.

He has been in custody since that time.

Abdi Criminal Complaint (PDF)