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Ranquillo-Nino pleads guilty to sexual assault

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A 43-year-old Carson City man pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges that he attempted to sexually assault a mentally handicapped woman.

Emilio Ranquillo-Nino says he believes his relationship with the woman, with whom he worked, was consensual. At his preliminary hearing in August, the woman testified that she tried to tell him to stop but he did not understand English.

He is believed to have coerced her into sex three times last year.

At his arraignment a court-appointed lawyer argued on his behalf, saying, “He recognizes it was irresponsible to engage in sex with someone with whom he could not communicate.”

Ranquillo-Nino could be sentenced to as much as 20 years in state prison at his March 13 sentencing.