A Rice County Jury on Wednesday found Osman Abdirahman Ahmed, 32, of Faribault, guilty of Criminal Sexual Conduct in the Fourth Degree and Criminal Sexual Conduct in the Fifth Degree, after a three day trial.
On June 16, 2020, a jogger in a park in Faribault reported that a man about 5’5” wearing a blue jacket and tan pants and missing some teeth had followed her while she was running. The man offered her money for sex acts and flashed a large amount of cash in $20 bills. The man then grabbed the jogger and touched her in a sexual manner.
The jogger called the Faribault Police who found Ahmed near where the assault occurred. Ahmed was wearing a blue jacket and tan pants, and had $820 in $20 bills in his possession. The jogger identified Ahmed as the person who had assaulted her.
Assistant Rice County Attorney Elizabeth Peterson prosecuted the case. This was the third jury trial in Rice County since the beginning of the year, the court started jury trials in May following the pandemic-related shutdown.
Sentencing is scheduled for November 30. Ahmed will be required to register as a predatory offender as a result of the conviction. Osman was previously convicted of two gross misdemeanor violations, a Fifth Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct and Indecent Exposure in 2019. That incident occurred in the same area as this offense.
Rice County Attorney John Fossum said: “The conduct in this case was potentially dangerous to the victim, it is fortunate that she was not physically harmed in this incident. We appreciate the participation of the jury and the investigation of the Faribault Police Department. The court will need to craft a sentence to keep this defendant from continuing to escalate his conduct and protect public safety.”
John Fossum, Rice County Attorney (507)-332-6103
Sara Folsted, Rice County Administrator (507) 332-6121