Jan 18, 2013 8:02 PM by Beth Beechie - MTN News

Great Falls teen charged in rape of 11-year old pleads not guilty

Kaleb Kuebler, the Great Falls teen accused of raping and beating an 11-year old girl in October, pleaded not guilty to all charges on Friday afternoon.

Kuebler faces two counts of sexual intercourse without consent, aggravated assault, tampering with evidence, attempted kidnapping and tampering with a witness; he is scheduled to be tried as an adult.

Court documents state that Kuebler, 15, admitted to luring the young girl into an alley by stealing her hat.

He also admits to forcing her to perform oral sex, forcibly removing her clothing, and attempting other sexual acts.

The victim told investigators that Kuebler lifted her off the ground while choking her from behind.

He also allegedly forced her to reveal her home address and threatened to kill her if she told anyone about the assault.

The victim reports she thought she was going to die and asked Kuebler, "Am I dead?" while being choked.

Kuebler allegedly responded, "Not yet."

The paperwork states that the victim was eventually released and allowed to walk away.

During Friday's court session, prosecutors urged the the defense to complete a mental evaluation in time for a transfer hearing scheduled for February 22.

Kuebler's trial date has been set for September 16th.


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