Ex-Wrestling Coach Pleads Guilty in Minnesota Sexual Assault Case

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A former southeast Iowa wrestling coach pleaded guilty to a sexual assault that occurred in 2019.

Brett Little, 42, was charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct – force or coercion in Minnesota’s Hennepin County which includes the state capitol Minneapolis. Little was the wrestling coach of Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont and was relieved of his duties in 2019.

Earlier this week, Little submitted a Norgaard guilty plea which is an agreement that states the defendant does not remember the circumstances surrounding the offense but acknowledges that there is a substantial likelihood that the state has enough evidence to find him guilty.

Under the Norgaard plea, Little does not claim innocence and accepts the fact that he will be considered as guilty as he would be if he remembered the circumstances of the crime.

The agreement drops the charge from third-degree to fourth-degree. Additionally, Little will not be sentenced to any more jail time beyond time served.

Authorities say in April 2019, Little was in Minneapolis for a wrestling tournament when he encountered a female and her friend who were out drinking. The pair felt buzzed and were having difficulty securing an Uber for a ride home. Little and three other men offered to help the women find a ride from a bar.

The group went back to a rental house where the men were staying. Authorities say the victim recalled sitting on a couch in the house feeling heavy and paralyzed.

The victim told police her next memory was Little on top of her engaging her sexually. The victim attempted to call out to her friend but Little allegedly put his hand over her mouth, placed a pillow over her head, and put his hands around her throat.

The next morning, the victim reportedly woke up with her clothes on the floor. The victim and her friend left the house. Officials say her friend corroborated the victim’s account of the evening when they spoke to investigators about the assault.

Little is scheduled to be sentenced on December 13.

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