WORTHINGTON — A Worthington man is back in the Nobles County Jail after he failed to cooperate with a pre-sentence investigation and did not appear for a plea hearing and sentencing related to October 2016 crimes, including soliciting a child to engage in sexual conduct and fifth degree criminal sexual conduct/lewd exhibition while someone younger than 16 was present.
Amanuel Seni Goje, 32, was taken into custody on Sept. 24 for the unsentenced crimes.
According to the criminal report from October 2016, the then-12-year-old victim reported to law enforcement that Goje exposed his genitals and asked her to have sex with him.
Goje allegedly offered to buy the girl a cell phone, but the girl declined and returned home. Later, Goje appeared at the home and asked the parent if the girl could accompany him to the store. The parent allowed it, and Goje purchased the girl an iPod Touch. As they were returning home, Goje told the girl she had to have sex with him because he bought the phone. When she said she wouldn’t do that, he allegedly grabbed her and took her to his home, locked the door and removed his pants.
The girl was able to escape and ran home. She said she was afraid to tell her parents what happened.
Law enforcement met with the parents and received a description of the defendant. Goje had met with the officer but was unable to understand his notification of rights.
The state has chosen to refile the original charges, and Goje remains incarcerated.
On the charge of solicitation of a child, Goje faces not more than three years imprisonment or a fine of not more than $5,000, and on the fifth degree criminal sexual conduct charge he faces a maximum one year imprisonment and/or a $3,000 fine.