Mohamed Harir Ayanle plead guilty to indecent exposure and disorderly conduct after December 2016 incident.
A Minneapolis man, who was originally accused of rape, was sentenced to one year supervised probation and 60 days in jail (which can be served on electronic home monitoring) after pleading guilty to indecent exposure and disorderly conduct for a December 2016 incident on a Jefferson Lines bus traveling through Crookston.
Mohamed Harir Ayanle, who moved to Minnesota from Somalia in September 2016, must also serve 20 hours of community service, pay a $235 fine and undergo a psychological/sexual evaluation within 90 days.
The victim, who was traveling with her 7-year-old daughter from Minneapolis to Grand Forks, said she thought Ayanle had a knife when he asked her to go to the back of the bus with him to allegedly watch a movie while her daughter was sleeping. According to the court complaint, the woman then said that Ayanle forced her to have intercourse and then, after he was finished, told her to leave because she was "too fat."
Ayanle told authorities that the pair had consensual intercourse and denied threatening the victim.
A sexual assault evidence kit was collected at RiverView Health from the victim and statements were taken by both the victim and Ayanle. Defense attorneys argued that Ayanle was misinformed of his rights to remain silent and that there was not an interpreter available when he was questioned.
According to court documents, at a June 20 hearing, the first and third degree felony criminal sexual conduct charges were amended to misdemeanors of indecent exposure and disorderly conduct.
Ayanle was sentenced Friday via ITV in the Polk County courtroom.