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BLOOMINGTON - A 15-year-old boy pleaded guilty Tuesday to raping one woman and trying to rape another last year at an apartment complex in east Bloomington.

Demetrius Robinson faces 16 to 40 years in prison after he admitted in a blind plea to Judge Scott Drazewski that he committed the crimes.

Assistant State's Attorney Aaron Hornsby said Robinson was armed with a metallic baseball bat when he attacked a woman May 29 at the Arbors at Eastland apartment complex. Robinson also told police he attempted to rape a woman April 13 at the Arbors.

In the rape case, the 22-year-old woman told police Robinson began following her and making sexual statements after she exited a gas station on Hershey Road.

Robinson, who was 14 at the time, later struck her with the baseball bat, forced her into an Arbors apartment building and raped her.

The boy is eligible for an additional 10 years in prison because he used a weapon in the crime.

He pleaded guilty to aggravated criminal sexual assault, a Class X felony typically punishable by six to 30 years in prison; and aggravated attempted criminal sexual assault, a Class 1 felony carrying a prison term of four to 15 years.

Hornsby, who said he intends to ask for a prison term on the high end of the 16- to 40-year range, said Robinson will serve at least 85 percent under Illinois truth-in-sentencing laws.

The boy's guilty plea for the rape and attempted rape came approximately a week after evidence taken from the woman matched his DNA, prosecutors said.

Bloomington police initially linked Robinson to the crime because he gave the woman his phone number while he made sexual advances before the rape.

When detectives questioned him about the rape two days later, Robinson confessed and told police about the attempted rape.

In the rape attempt, a woman who was employed to clean the common areas of the complex reported a teenage boy brandished a 6-inch knife while ordering her to pull down her pants, Hornsby said.

The woman, 43, grabbed the boy by the arm and struggled with him before he fled the scene on foot. She and the woman who was raped identified Robinson as their attacker in photo lineups, Hornsby said.

Robinson described both incidents in his confession to police. Hornsby said the boy remembered the woman he raped as "being scared" and that he wouldn't want what he did to her to happen to him.

Although Robinson was originally charged as a juvenile, Judge G. Michael Prall ruled last year that prosecutors could charge him as an adult.

Drazewski will sentence Robinson for the crimes March 17 in McLean County Circuit Court.

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