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Hibbing Man Pleads Guilty to Burglary and Kidnapping of 5-Year-Old

Travis Turk pleaded guilty to burglary in the first degree and kidnapping of a young girl in May 2016 Travis Turk pleaded guilty to burglary in the first degree and kidnapping of a young girl in May 2016 |  Photo: St. Louis County Sheriff's Office

October 05, 2017 11:43 AM

A 28-year-old Hibbing man has pleaded guilty to burglary in the first degree and kidnapping of a young girl in May 2016.

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Travis L. Turk pleaded guilty Monday in Sixth District Court in Hibbing to the two felony charges.

Turk is accused of breaking into a Hibbing home in May 2016 and molesting a five-year-old girl. The girl's mother called police and reported she awoke to find an unknown man holding her daughter who was screaming and naked from the waist down. The man however fled the home on the 100 Block of 25th Street.

The young girl was checked at a hospital and was found not to have sustained any physical injuries.

Police say tips from Turk's mother and girlfriend led to his arrest later in the day. According to the criminal complaint, Turk's girlfriend told police that he had admitted to molesting the girl.

On Monday, Turk entered an Alford plea, in which a defendant does not admit the act and asserts innocence, but admits that sufficient evidence exists that would allow the prosecution to convince a judge or jury of the defendant's guilt.

According to the Mesabi Daily News, three additional charges, including two felony counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct, will be dismissed in agreement with the plea.

Turk remains in custody and is being held without bail. He will be sentenced on November 30th.

Mesabi Daily News Contributed to this story.


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