Portland Teen Pleads Guilty to Rape 

An 18-year-old Portland man has pleaded guilty to breaking into a 50-year-old woman’s apartment as she slept and raping her. Mohammed Mukhtar had sought to be tried on the charges as a juvenile. But under a plea agreement reached Thursday, the refugee from Somalia will face eight years in prison and could be deported after release. He is being held without bail pending sentencing next Thursday in Cumberland County Unified Criminal Court. The Portland Press Herald, reports that Mukhtar pleaded guilty to charges including gross sexual assault, burglary and aggravated criminal trespassing. The case went back and forth from juvenile court to adult court because of confusion over Mukhtar’s age. His lawyer said he was 17 at the time of the attack.