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Hays teenager enters plea in 2011 sexual assault

By MIKE CORN

mcorn@dailynews.net

After spending almost 20 months in the Ellis County jail, a Hays teenager pleaded no contest Monday to three felony counts in connection with the July 1, 2011, sexual assault of a 57-year-old Hays woman.

Tre Carrasco, who turned 18 Sunday, pleaded no contest three times Monday in Ellis County District Court as part of a plea agreement with Ellis County Attorney Tom Drees. Ellis Attorney Olavee Raub, Carrasco's fourth court-appointed attorney, offered advice during Monday's hearing.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, he faces the prospect of spending 100 months in prison on two counts of aggravated battery and a single count of aggravated sexual battery.

He originally was charged July 27, 2011, with criminal sodomy and aggravated battery in connection with the assault of the woman in the 2900 block of Country Lane. He also had been charged with two counts of aggravated burglary and a misdemeanor charge of battery in connection with a pair of burglaries at a Hays residence.

The burglary charges are being dismissed, replaced with one of the aggravated battery charges filed in the amended complaint.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, Carrasco would be sentenced to a total of 100 months in prison.

One of the aggravated battery charges would be the leading charge, under the plea agreement, and would result in a sentence of 38 months in prison. The sexual battery charge would result in a sentence of 48 months in prison while the second charge of aggravated battery would result in 14 months in prison.

Served consecutively, the total would be 100 months. Carrasco would be required to register as a sex offender for 25 years after his release from prison.

District Judge Ed Bouker ordered a presentence investigation and tentatively set sentencing for April 8.