Second Teen Pleads Guilty

| April 24, 2013
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Randy Estenbaum

A Hardin teen charged with sexually assaulting two classmates in a high school locker room in October and November 2011 has pleaded guilty.  Randy Estenbaum, 19, was initially charged with one count of forcible sodomy, one count of assault, and two counts of sexual misconduct.  Court documents allege Estenbaum exposed and touched one of the victims with his genitalia.  He was also accused of striking a second victim in the face with his hand after he had reportedly touched himself.  Estenbaum also allegedly “humped” one of the victims.

Estenbaum appeared in a Ray County courtroom on Wednesday and admitted to attempting to cause physical injury to the victim by “striking him with his body, which was considered a deadly weapon.”  As part of an agreement between Ray County Prosecutor Danielle Rogers and Estenbaum’s defense team, the teen was allowed to plead guilty to one felony assault charge and one misdemeanor count of assault.  He will be required to testify in further court proceedings related to this case.

Rogers plans to ask Judge Larry Harman for seven years suspended execution of sentence, five years probation, and 120 days shock incarceration.  A sentencing assessment report will be filed in the coming days.  Roger’s recommendations have not been accepted by the judge at this time.  Estenbaum is expected to be sentenced on June 28 at 11 a.m.

Another student charged in the case, Jeffrey Ellis, 18, pleaded guilty in early February to a reduced charge of one count of felony second-degree assault.  Ellis and two other students allegedly used a water bottle to sexually assault another classmate in December 2011, according to a probable cause statement.  Ellis was scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday, but the court proceedings were continued to May 6 at 10:30 a.m.

The two other students listed only by their initials in court documents have not been charged.

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