SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Investigators say a 12-year-old South St. Paul girl used Facebook to summon help, during an alleged sexual assault by her mother's ex-boyfriend.
The Dakota County Attorney's office charged 42-year-old Raymond Ernest Cesmat Wednesday with two counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree.
A criminal complaint says that on July 10 the victim's mother was staying over at her new boyfriend's house, leaving Cesmat and the 12-year-old alone at the duplex. The girl's mother and Cesmat had split up, but continued to rent the home together.
The victim told police the defendant had taken her phone when she went to bed because he didn't want her texting all night. She told officers that at some point in the night she saw a flashlight moving down the hall so she knew Cesmat was coming.
The girl says when he first entered her room, Cesmat was naked and tried to pull off her pants. The juvenile said that she kicked him and screamed at him to leave her alone. He eventually left so she got her iPod and went onto Facebook to find help. The 12-year-old says she found the defendant's daughter online and asked her to call her mother immediately.
As the juvenile was sending that message, she said defendant came back in her room naked again and got on top of her. This time the girl says he got her shorts off and began to sexually assault her.
She told investigators that she kicked and scratched the defendant until he left. The girl then pushed a dresser in front of her bedroom door so Cesmat couldn't get in, then climbed out the window and ran to use a pay phone at a nearby gas station to call her mother.
When officers responded to the home near Kaposia elementary they noticed the defendant was covered in scratches and was bleeding. They searched the home and found blood on the victim's bed and dresser.
Cesmat told police he had been at two bars with a female friend that evening and denied even seeing the 12-year-old. The defendant insisted he had been at the woman's house until 4:45 a.m., but when police contacted her the next day the woman said Cesmat had left at 3:15 a.m.
Cesmat is being held at the Dakota County Jail in Hastings in lieu of $175,000 bail.
If convicted, Raymond Cesmat faces 30 years in prison on each of two felony counts.
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