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Duluth man gets 14 years for robbery, sexual assault

A Duluth man who robbed and sexually assaulted a Rice Lake Township woman during a June home invasion has been sentenced to an above-guideline prison term.

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John Sorenson (left) and Guy Rabold (right)

A Duluth man who robbed and sexually assaulted a Rice Lake Township woman during a June home invasion has been sentenced to an above-guideline prison term.

Sixth Judicial District Judge Eric Hylden on Tuesday accepted the terms of a plea agreement and sentenced 29-year-old John Scott Sorenson to 14¼ years in prison.

Sorenson in July pleaded guilty to charges of second-degree sexual assault and aiding and abetting aggravated first-degree robbery in State District Court in Duluth.

Authorities said Sorenson and co-defendant Guy Franklin Rabold entered a rural Rehbein Road home overnight in early June and held the two homeowners at gunpoint. The intruders allegedly ordered the male and female residents to open a gun safe, and Sorenson used his foot and the barrel of his gun to inappropriately touch the woman.

Sorenson agreed to the upward departure from state sentencing guidelines. A first-degree burglary charge was dismissed in the agreement with St. Louis County prosecutors.

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The sentence includes 99 months for the sexual assault and 42 months for the robbery - terms which will be served consecutively. Sorenson will also be subject to 10 years of conditional release after he is discharged from prison, and must register as a predatory offender.

Rabold, 24, is charged with four felony counts and is due back in court on Sept. 17.

According to court documents:

St. Louis County sheriff 's deputies were dispatched to the residence in the early morning hours of June 5. The homeowners reported that two masked men, armed with guns, broke into their home and entered the bedroom as they slept. The woman was able to dial 911, but was not able to speak with the dispatcher before the suspects approached her.

The victims told authorities that they were repeatedly threatened and were forced to strip naked by the suspects. They were forced to the basement, where a gun safe was located. The male resident was forced to open the safe, and the suspects collected the contents.

The woman described one of the men, later identified as Sorenson, assaulting her during the incident. Rabold apparently became upset, yelling at Sorenson, "We are not doing that."

Rabold was intercepted and arrested by a responding deputy as he left the residence. Sorenson was arrested a short time later when a K-9 tracked him down in the woods, about 50 yards from the home.

Authorities said both Sorenson and Rabold gave statements admitting to the robbery and the sexual assault. The men stated that they "owed people money and decided to steal the guns."

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Tom Olsen has covered crime and courts for the Duluth News Tribune since 2013. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth and a lifelong resident of the city. Readers can contact Olsen at 218-723-5333 or tolsen@duluthnews.com.
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