Karls pleads guilty in rape case

On Monday, Christopher Karls pled guilty in Hennepin County District Court to sexually assaulting a 20-year-old woman in the Southeast Como neighborhood last spring. Karls, 24, of Wayzata, pled guilty to criminal sexual conduct, burglary and kidnapping charges âÄî all felonies âÄî from the May 4 incident, according to the Hennepin County AttorneyâÄôs Office . He could face up to 30 years in prison . His sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 25. Southeast Como Improvement Association neighborhood coordinator James DeSota said he was glad there has now been a resolution to the incident. âÄúA lot of people were concerned around here,âÄù DeSota said. âÄúThe [Minneapolis police] 2nd precinct did a great job handling the investigation.âÄù SECIA has been working to provide information for residents to take necessary safety precautions, DeSota said. Karls allegedly broke into the womanâÄôs apartment building through an aluminum frame on the storm window on May 4, where his blood was found and tested for DNA , according to the complaint. The woman, who had no previous relationship with Karls, beat him with a curling iron until she noticed him holding a knife, the complaint said. She then jumped out of a second-story window in the apartment wearing only a towel, the complaint said, and broke her ankle while trying to escape. The Minneapolis Police Department reported 32 accounts of rape last month, including one in the Como neighborhood. Four students had reported being raped and one molested from April 27 to May 28, 2008, according to a May 28 Daily article, around the time that this incident occurred. The Aurora Center for Advocacy and Education at the University helps people involved in relationship violence and sexual assault on campus. The organization is hosting two film showings in October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Throughout the month, The Silent Witness Exhibit will be set up around campus displaying figures representing Minnesota women and children who were killed as a result of domestic violence. Each figure provides details about the victims, how they were killed and who was charged with the crime.