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Extradited German national faces up to 25 years in Md. assault

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - A German national who was extradited to Maryland on a 10-year-old rape charge faces up to 25 years in prison.

Fifty-one-year-old businessman Klaus Von Mahr is scheduled for sentencing Tuesday in Hagerstown.

He pleaded guilty last month to assault for attacking a Hagerstown woman in November 2000. He fled to Germany after she reported the attack, despite having lived in the United States since age 11.

Von Mahr acknowledged he bound, beat and choked the woman in her home.

Prosecutors say she had consensual sex with him because she was afraid. The state dropped a rape charge as part of the plea deal.

Von Mahr was arrested in October in the Czech Republic, and was brought back in March to the U.S.

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