MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Ramsey County jury has convicted a 36-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting drunk women he met at Minneapolis bars for criminal sexual conduct.
Maksud Mahbub, of Shoreview, will be sentenced April 20 on one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct and three counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct.
“It seems like he was very much preying on women that were intoxicated,” said Ramsey County Attorney John Choi.
Mahbub claimed any sexual contact was consensual.
“These cases are tough to prove,” Choi said.
Mahbub was charged with sexually assaulting five women, after meeting them at bars in the Minneapolis Warehouse District, offering to give them a ride and then taking them back to his home. The incidents occurred in 2008 and 2009.
Prosecutors say the credibility of the victims was key in the case.
“There were some common threads amongst the victims’ testimony,” Choi said.
Choi also issued the following statement after the jury’s decision:
“It is not easy for victims of sexual assaults to come forward and report them under any circumstances. Our office feels an obligation to prosecute these cases and allow these victims to bring their stories before a jury for just consideration when we believe there is sufficient evidence to do so.”
NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Bruce Hagevik Reports